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May 22, 2013 | SOI General: Headquarters

Africa's Malawi Leads With Innovative Programs

By Karl Hejlik

Aaron Banda is one of the success stories of Special Olympics in Malawi. Learn more about him at the link below.

“This is a population that has gone without for far too long,” Her Excellency Joyce Banda, president of the African nation of Malawi, said in a recent address. “It is our obligation to expose injustice and right what is wrong. An inclusionary approach is essential to sustainable development, which must be development for all.”

In Malawi, words like these are more than just window dressing; they’re policy. In her first 100 days in office, Banda passed the Malawi Disability Act, and the country has created a ministry dedicated to people with disabilities and aligned itself to comply with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Banda also committed to forming a national partnership with Special Olympics Malawi. The country has one of the most innovative national Programs in the Special Olympics movement, supporting more than 5000 active athletes, despite being relatively small and rural.

Read more at the link below

About Karl Hejlik: I am senior manager for Health and Research Communications at Special Olympics.

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