NAIROBI, Kenya, July 25 – Whenever there is a road accident, more focus is usually centered on the fatalities with little said about those who sustain injuries yet it affects their lives, with others becoming disabled for life.
It is the reason several organizations have partnered with the Christian Blind Mission to form a national road safety campaign dubbed “Linda Maisha – Zuia Ulemavu”.
National Council for Persons With Disabilities (NCPWD), AIC cure international Hospital and the Association of the Physically Disabled of Kenya (APDK) are among the partners driving the campaign.
Speaking during the launch CBM Executive Director Amos Mutiga said the campaign seeks to highlight and mitigate the growing number of road accidents that are a leading cause of disabilities in Kenya.
“We are trying to raise funds from this campaign which will help support surgical interventions as well as buying more wheelchairs to help the disabled” he said.
He said the campaign will bring hope to accident survivors all over Kenya, particularly those with serious injuries that may lead to permanent disabilities.
“The campaign has been set up for Nairobi because this is where most administrative support is found but we are hoping to be able to take it to other levels, about 200 aid devices such as crutches, walking frames will be distributed by August,” he said.
CBM international program officer David Bainbridge said no one should have to give up on life or be excluded for having impairment- acquired or congenital.
“We all need to remember that disability is not an exclusive club or society and everyone is a candidate for acquiring a disability at any point,” he said.
Bainbridge said he is confident that through the campaign, they will collectively improve awareness about disability amongst Kenyans and increase the participation of people with special abilities in national development.
APDK vice chairperson Dr Lumbi M’nabea said the government has failed because the number of accidents has been on the increase with little done to reverse the trend.
In Kenya, more than 3000 people are killed annually with thousands more wounded in accidents. Globally, 1.3 million people are killed in road accidents, leaving more than 50,000 others with injuries.
The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) has launched a major crackdown targeting motorists who flout traffic regulations leading to the increased road accidents.