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MP and Paralympian visit WaterAid's work

This week, Department for International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone and Paralympian Ade Adepitan saw first-hand the impact that access to water and sanitation has on people with disabilities in Uganda.

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24 Oct 2013 | UK

On a visit to Amuria in northern Uganda, Lynne Featherstone and Ade Adepitan saw our work at Wera Primary School and Bobol village. Through these projects, we are removing the barriers that people with disabilities face when trying to access water and sanitation services.

The first stop was Wera Primary School, where many of the 900 pupils have a disability. Here they saw how improvements to the school toilets had made it easier for these children to use the facilities and stay in school.

They then moved on to Bobol village to meet Margaret Among, a wheelchair user, who told them about the difference that safe water and an accessible latrine close to home had made to her daily life.

Here's a short film about the visit, made by the WaterAid team in Uganda:

Ade Adepitan was moved by what he saw, saying, "We must give people with disabilities opportunities. The people I met today have skills and can be very useful and valuable to this community if they are given the tools and opportunities."

Here's a second short film, featuring Ade Adepitan:

Blogging about the visit, Lynne Featherstone wrote, "[WaterAid's work] is giving Margaret the dignity and opportunity to thrive. Simple changes and alterations can make a tremendous difference and ensure everyone has the chance to succeed. We need to do much more to identify these and ensure all our aid programmes prioritise them."

Lynne Featherstone has been calling for people with disabilities to be prioritised in the post-2015 development framework. Last month, at the UN General Assembly, she announced that all schools built with support from UK aid would now be designed for better disabled access.