GIS - January 31, 2012: A website and a database on disability, a project of the Ministry of Social Security, National Solidarity and Reform Institutions and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) was launched yesterday by the Minister of Social Security, National Solidarity and Reform Institutions, Mrs. Sheilabai Bappoo, in the presence of the UN Resident Coordinator for Mauritius and Seychelles, Ms. Leyla Tegmo-Reddy at the Municipality of Port Louis.
The website and database provide, in a detailed, centralised and coherent manner, invaluable elements of information derived from an otherwise scattered variety of sources, in the areas of education, health, vocational training, employment, human rights, sports, culture and leisure.
In her address, Mrs. Bappoo recalled that in 2010, Mauritius ratified the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The establishment of this website and database on disability enables Mauritius to meet the requirements under Article 31 of the Convention which calls for State Parties to collect appropriate information, including statistical and research data, she added.
While the database is a tool for decision making, the website is a disabled-friendly specific portal where people with disabilities can apply for a number of services, she said. She further stated that the website and database are important tools to define policies and approach donors for assistance for people with disabilities.
According to the Minister, the database will not only provide a compilation of facts and figures but will also help policy-makers and service providers in identifying and addressing issues related to people with disabilities.
This category of people is part and parcel of our society, said Mrs. Bappoo. “The disability sector should be visible to everyone and all Mauritians should be concerned about people with disabilities” she underlined. The Minister also pointed out that Government Programme 2010-2015 emphasises that no one will be marginalised and left aside in the path of development.
For her part, the UN Resident Coordinator said that this “one-stop-shop” repository of demographic and social indicators will give more visibility to the specific needs of people with disabilities, and thus usefully inform the design of evidence-based policies which will, in turn, guide the formulation and implementation of tailor-made programmes, and ensure a closer monitoring and evaluation of their efficiency.