Centre Launches First Database on Disability

December 31st, 2008 | by addis portal |

Addis Abeba — The Ethiopian Center for Disability and Development (ECDD) in collaboration with the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (MoLSA) and UNICEF on Monday launched a website and an electronic database of information pertaining disability and related issues in Ethiopia.

The database will be accessible using the ECDD website as well as CD Rom, to be distributed freely as of early in 2009 to parliament, government bureaus, university libraries, disabled persons Organizations (DPOs), developmental NGOs, and other interested organizations, Abrham Worku, Chairperson and Board Director of ECDD said at the launching ceremony held at the Hilton.

The launch coincided with the center’s 3rd anniversary.

The centre has already established in its office a public disability information service center (DISC) that provides documentation on disability and development in Ethiopia, and on services and organizations available to or involving persons with disabilities.

The ECDD information collection specializes on disability topics and persons with disabilities in Ethiopia, including census and survey data, research studies, university degree theses, publications of UN organizations, government agencies and NGOs, information about government, NGO and DPOs policies, programs and activities in the country, as well as documentations from the regional and international organizations, Abrham said.

The new DISC electronic database contains relevant information in both Amharic and English languages on disability, including information on various disabilities subjects, disability services and service providers including geographical location and types of services and products. It also has information on disability-related organizations including DPOs, NGOs working in Ethiopia.

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