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July 20, 2004

Deaf Ask for UPE, HIV Help

From:, Africa - Jul 20, 2004

New Vision (Kampala)
July 20, 2004

By Nathan Etengu

THE Uganda National Association for the Deaf (UNADS) has appealed to government to consider it in the Universal Primary Education (UPE) and HIV/AIDS programmes.

The association said it had been sidelined in all government programmes.

UNADS programme officer in charge of information and funding, Joseph Mbulamwana, said on Thursday that the Government's UPE programme had never benefited people with hearing impairment.

"Even the promise by President Museveni to construct a secondary school for persons with hearing impairments has never been fulfilled," Mbulamwana said.

He was presenting a paper at a workshop for persons with hearing impairment at St. Andrew's Community Centre in Mbale district. The workshop was also used to elect new district office bearers.

Samuel Semu was re-elected as the district chairman, while Irene Rumo was elected un-opposed as vice-chairperson.

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