According to the World Bank, 28% of Tanzania’s population was living below the national poverty line in 2011. Among these people are a number of persons with disabilities, who lack the means to access the basic medical care that they need.

Tanzania ratified the UNCRPD in 2009 and passed the Persons with Disabilities Act in 2010. The Ministry of Health (MoH) has designated a focal person for issues related to physical rehabilitation. However, an entity to oversee the sector has not yet been established, and some centers lack raw materials and staff of professionals. The access to services in remote areas is also inadequate.

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