The main objectives of the Decade are the alleviation of poverty amongst persons with disabilities and their families, awareness raising, prevention of disabilities, the strengthening of African voice of persons with disabilities, and the implementation of the United Nations standard rules for equal opportunity for persons with disabilities.
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The African Decade for Person with Disabilities (1999-2009) was proclaimed by the African Union Assembly of Heads of State in July 1999. The formal declaration was subsequently adopted by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government in Togo, July 2000.
The intention of the proclamation as outlined in the Continental Plan of Action is to enhance the quality of life of disabled persons, through capacity building, policy formulation and advocacy and lobbing.
The Secretariat of the African Decade was mandated to fulfill this task by the African Union. The Secretariat was established at The ARCC conference in Johannesburg in May 2003, and is located in Cape Town, South Africa.
SAFOD (Southern Africa Federation of the Disabled)