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Rehabilitation & Disability

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Mr S Blose
Tel: 033 846 7246
Fax: 033 846 7273
Email: sthembiso.blose@kznhealth.gov.za
 
 

 

Information relating to the Programme:

Disability Awareness

One of the primary objectives of the Programme is the creation of disability awareness as a human rights issue. Various disability awareness events were held to commemorate the International Day of Disabled Persons in the Province. The Provincial event was held at Ndwedwe. The Programme supported the event with the provision of various assistive devices including wheelchairs, walking frames and crutches. Other events around disability awareness were conducted in the Districts during Health Calendar days such as back week, deaf awareness and cerebral palsy.

Disability Research

The Programme is currently collaborating with UKZN, The Valley Trust and the National Health Institute on a research project on children with disabilities. It is envisaged that this will culminate in a model of early childhood development for KZN.

State Tender for Communication Devices

The Programme has commenced negotiations with Supply Chain Management to develop a state tender for people with severe communication disabilities needing alternative and augmentative communication devices. This also includes devices for cancer patients post laryngectomee, cleft palates, severe to profound speech and language disorders and dysphagia. The specifications and costing are in the process of being confirmed.

Employment of Persons with Disabilities

The Programme is monitoring the employment equity within the department with HR and the Dept of Labour. The Programme has also launched the Disabled Employees Forum looking at the health, wellness and safety needs of PWDs employed in the department.
  



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