In Nigeria, we are working with country partners to make education, work and health systems inclusive of people with disabilities and tackle stigma and discrimination.

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Inclusive Futures in Nigeria

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How we're making a difference

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Country partner spotlight: Sightsavers

Sightsavers, is an ally to the global disability movement. Through Inclusive Futures they are supporting Organisations of People with Disabilities in Bangladesh, Tanzania and Uganda to ensure that their communities are accessing their rights.

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News: supporting people with disabilities

Inclusive Futures-funded radio programmes exposed the discrimination people with disabilities faced during COVID-19 and ran inclusive public service broadcasts.
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Rasak Adekoya

"Inclusive education remains a misunderstood concept.”

Rasak Adekoya, programme officer for Sightsavers
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Projects in Nigeria

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Tackling COVID-19 stigma and discrimination

Project lead partner: BBC Media Action
Funder: UK Aid

BBC Media Action refocused its media brands to tackle issues including preventative behaviours, myths and misinformation, government accountability and the additional impact of the pandemic on vulnerable groups, including people with disabilities.

This project’s work on radio, TV and social media included producing accessible content for audiences with disabilities, topics reflecting the additional stigma and discrimination people with disabilities face as a result of COVID-19, as well as featuring their voices and views.

People with disabilities are included wherever possible to normalise their involvement as equal members of society and challenge stigma.

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An inclusive COVID-19 health response

Project lead partner: Sightsavers
Funder: UK Aid

Inaccessible health services are a major barrier for people with disabilities. In a crisis, these barriers are often greater and make people with disabilities more vulnerable to not receiving COVID-19-related and other essential health care.

This project carried out rapid accessibility audits of COVID-19 testing centres and isolation and treatment units, and provided support to remove key barriers and improve accessibility. A small team, which has already assessed the accessibility of business premises as part of the Inclusive Futures formal employment programme, adapted to carry out the audits.

The project also developed a Social and Behaviour Change Communication strategy focusing on COVID-19 and disability, and operated a hotline service to provide counselling and information about pandemic relief and response services for people with disabilities.

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Challenging stigma through media and radio

Project lead partner: BBC Media Action
Funder: UK Aid

BBC Media Action supported media partners to produce creative, thought-provoking programming to tackle stigma and discrimination and support people with disabilities to have their voices featured more prominently.

As part of Inclusive Futures, the charity is also bringing its popular, long-standing radio drama, Story Story, back to the airwaves, with a new focus on disability issues. Launched back in 2004, the show encourages constructive political discussion and accountability between citizens and their leaders and has a loyal following of millions of listeners across the country.

In its latest phase, the drama will introduce new characters and plotlines to help challenge societal stigma and discrimination against people with disabilities.

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Working with employers and jobseekers

Project lead partner: Sightsavers
Funder: UK Aid

We are working with our Nigerian partners to promote job opportunities and generate evidence about how we can make it easier for people with disabilities to find formal employment.

We’re currently supporting HR professionals to help build company capacity as disability-inclusive employers. We’ve supported Unilever in rolling out company internal disability audits and in the recruitment of qualified job seekers with disabilities to undertake job shadowing. The Chartered Institute of Personnel Management has mentored 31 job seekers; thanks to this project, seven of them are now in full-time jobs/internships, increasing the total number of job seekers employed to 13.

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Improving access to quality primary education

Project lead partner: Sightsavers
Funder: UK Aid

We are working with education authorities and professionals, children with disabilities and their families, and OPDs to develop a community-driven model for inclusive education.

Through a system-strengthening approach, we want to develop innovative and scalable education practices in Kaduna state. We are focusing on building the capacity of school management committees and teachers to develop disability-inclusive education services, and have a better understanding of how to actively engage students with disabilities in the classroom. With support from OPDs and civil society, the project promotes setting up strong local support networks for children with disabilities (and their families) to tackle barriers that impact their learning.

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Improving eye care services

Project lead partner: Sightsavers
Funder: UK Aid

In Kogi State, Nigeria, we are piloting an inclusive health approach to improve quality and equity in access to eye care services for women and men with disabilities.

Working with the Kogi State Government, people with disabilities and organisations of people with disabilities, we’re supporting the implementation of a comprehensive eye care programme to strengthen local eye health systems and improve access to eye care for all.