Our objective is to help persons with disabilities fulfill their potential in a more inclusive society. We focus on enabling them to overcome the barriers they face – particularly those related to mobility.
II. Situation in Togo
Togo is a Sub-Saharan West African country that shares borders with Ghana to the west, Burkina Faso to the north, and Benin to the east. It has an estimated population of 7.3 million inhabitants. The country gained its independence in April 27, 1960.
The 1992 Constitution was part of major political change that was part of a process of democratic openness in the country. However, the situation worsened in the 1990s; the country was isolated from networks of international cooperation and most of the aid flows they generate. On 25 April 2015, President Faure Gnassingbe was re-elected for a third five-year term. Togo’s recent economic performance has been relatively robust: over the past three years, GDP growth has averaged approximately 5%, higher than most Sub-Saharan economies. The country is ranked 166th out of 187 countries worldwide on the Human Development Index (2014 UNDP).
According to the United Nations, approximately 630’000 people or 10 per cent of the Togolese population lives with at least one disability.
III. MoveAbility in Togo
Since 2004, MoveAbility has been working with the École Nationale des Auxiliaires Médicaux (ENAM) in Lomé, to train physical rehabilitation professionals from French-speaking countries in Africa, and with the Centre National d’Appareillage Orthopédique (CNAO), to help it improve the quality of its services. Our agreement with the Ministry of Health (MOH) to work in Togo runs until 2020, our agreement with ENAM until 2020, and with the CNAO until 2019. The Centre Régional d’Appareillage Orthopédique de Kara (CRAO-K) has been receiving support from MoveAbility since 2011.
In addition to our local partners, we also work with regional institutions present in Togo: the African Federation of Orthopaedic Technicians (FATO), which facilitates networking among professionals, and the African Organization for the Development of Centres for Disabled People (OADCPH), which provides purchasing services and training. To further increase support for our partners in West Africa, we designated our structure in Togo – which had been opened as a sub-regional office in 2010 – as our new regional office for Africa in 2016 and for West Africa from 2017 onwards.
Togo’s health sector has progressed somewhat in recent years, and the country ratified the UNCRPD in 2011. However, government-run centres, and mainly the regional ones, need more resources to fully meet the demand for their services. Many people still lack access to medical care.
IV. Facts & Figures
Total population (2015): 7’305’000
Life expectancy at birth: 59,7
Number of persons with disabilities: 620’000
Ratification of the UNCRPD: 2011
V. Global Objectives
- Improve the structure and sustainability of the national physical rehabilitation sector
Education and training
Quality of services
- Help our local partners improve the quality of their physical rehabilitation services
Access to services
- Capitalize on synergies with the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and with other Partners to increase People’s access to services and facilitate their social inclusion
- Help managers and other key staff strenghten the mangement systems and capacities of local institutions
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