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MACODA trains staff on new Persons with Disabilities Act

The Malawi Council for Disability Affairs (MACODA), formerly known as the Malawi Council for the Handicapped (MACOHA), held a training session for its key staff members from all districts to familiarise them with the new Persons with Disabilities Act.

The orientation took place at Linde Hotel in Mponela with support from World Vision International. Director General of MACODA, George Chiusiwa, expressed his gratitude towards World Vision for their unwavering support, emphasising the critical nature of the orientation.

He stated, “This orientation is key in ensuring that our staff are well equipped to implement the provisions of the new Persons with Disabilities Act effectively. The support by World Vision is a testament to the commitment towards upholding the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities in Malawi.”

Francis Dube, the National Director for World Vision Malawi — that funded the training, commended MACODA for organising the training session. He assured that World Vision stands ready to collaborate with MACODA and other actors in the disability sector in Malawi.

The Persons with Disabilities Act, which was enacted in December 2023, has replaced the Handicapped Persons Act of 1971. This transition also led to the establishment of MACODA.

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