The Disability Peoples Association of Solomon Islands will soon engage in new Partnerships with both International and Regional Organizations in order to address key issues and challenges faced by persons with disabilities in Solomon Islands.
Speaking after the 2 weeks Disability Conference from Nadi, Fiji, which concluded yesterday, the Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Casper Fa’asala said, “DPASI will soon extend its programs and activities to its self-help groups at the community level, including children with disabilities, the old age groups and those with Psychosocial problems. With these increasing challenges, Mr. Fa’asala said, it is important that additional resources are sought and therefore partnership and better collaboration will be a key role for DPASI with the Solomon Islands Government, International and Regional Agencies, Development Partners, National CSOs and Institutions in the country.
Mr. Fa’asala said in order to make this happen, initial discussions are on the way to organise a Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue with key government ministries, donors and development partners to consolidate support towards implementing the Solomon Islands National Disability Inclusive Development Policy. This will be a joint effort with the Disability Focal Point Ministry in the Government, which is the Ministry of Health and Medical Services.
The proposed Dialogue will also bring representatives from the Organizations of Persons with Disabilities in the country, including some of the Leaders of Community Disability Self-Help Groups from the Provinces.