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In Zambia which is my country,disabilities make up nearly 11% of the population. Facing discrimination and lack of opportunity, many Zambians with disabilities are systematically excluded from access to services and places, legal aid, healthcare and more. Often, these disparities are sharper in rural settings with a greater lack of infrastructure, investments and institutional support.
2. PROVIDING EQUAl HEAITH CARE SERVICES.The Zambia Agency for Persons with Disabilities (ZAPD) draws its mandate from the Persons with Disabilities Act No. 6 of 2012. ZAPD’s mandate is to plan, promote, regulate and coordinate services for Persons with Disabilities.

In a groundbreaking move, Zambia is taking strides to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by placing inclusivity at the heart of its national development agenda. Demonstrating an unwavering commitment to the principle of Leave No One Behind, the country’s blueprint for development, the Eighth National Development Plan (8NDP), embraces a multi-dimensional approach to development that goes beyond solely focusing on economic growth. Zambia, under the leadership of Resident Coordinator Beatrice Mutali, is committed to ensuring disability inclusion—not just as an ideal but as an everyday practice guiding the UN’s versatile support to the country.

Disability inclusion enables persons with disabilities to engage actively, empowers them to advocate for their rights, informs policymakers about their unique challenges, promotes universal design principles, and fosters collaboration among different sectors. By embracing accessibility and inclusivity, we can work together towards achieving the vision of a sustainable world where no one is left behind.”

Inclusion starts at the highest levels with the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework.