Tanzania 2008 Disability Survey Report

The major objective of the 2008 Tanzania Disability Survey was to determine the prevalence of disability in the country. The survey also intended to determine living conditions among people with disabilities, such as their experiences with the physical environment and attitudes, their main sources of income, education level, possession of assistive devices etc.

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National Bureau of Statistics, PO Box 796, Dar es Salaam, Tel: +255 22 23222722/3/4,,

Tanzania Human Rights Report 2010

Tanzania Human Rights Report 2010 gives a general overview of Tanzania and Zanzibar and detailed reports on the execution and implementation of human rights in the two, namely on civil rights and liberties, political rights, social rights, economic rights, rights of vulnerable groups (which includes people with disabilities), collective rights, domestic initiatives and human rights protection and corruption and abuse of power. It also gives an overview of Tanzania and international human rights law.

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Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC), PO Box 75254, Dar es Salaam, Tel: +255 22 2773038/48,,

Do children with disabilities have equal access to education? Dec 2008, HakiElimu

Despite Tanzania’s very significant effort to increase the opportunities for children to access schooling, there is still a serious under enrollment of children with disabilities. BEST 2007 shows that only 1% of children with disabilities are in school, where are the others? What are the reasons behind this situation? What opportunities exist for them? And when will this problem come to an end? HakiElimu commissioned this research study to investigate the above questions about learning conditions and accessability to education for children with disabilities.

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HakiElimu, PO Box 79401, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Tel: +255 22 2151852/3

The participation of persons with disabilities in Tanzania’s 2010 general election, CCBRT

In October 2010, CCBRT conducted a survey to assess the level of participation of people with disabilities in Tanzania’s general election which was held on 31st October 2010. Among key results, it was found that 63% of people with disabilities participated directly in the election campaign. Most of them accessed information about election through print and electronic media as opposed to other methods such as friends, seminars or NGO’s. Just over half of respondents said that the information provided was adequate in terms of meeting their needs and expectations. 58% of respondents reported that polling stations were not accessible. Many polling stations had no parking areas or adequate signage to provide direction for people with disabilities. Also the doors were not wide enough for wheelchair users to get through and most of them had no ramps or pathways to enable access for people with disabilities.

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Employment of persons with disabilities in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
2010, CCBRT and RADAR Development

Between June and September 2010, CCBRT and Radar Development conducted a survey to assess the number of persons with a disability whon are employed in companies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and to analyse the category of jobs that persons with a disability are engaged in. This survey found that the employment rate amongst persons with disabilities was as low as 0.7 per cent of the total number of employees of the companies surveyed. The majority of the companies (54 per cent) had not employed any person with a disability. Management responses revealed that one of the factors leading to this low rate of employment is lack of knowledge on where to recruit qualifi ed persons with disabilities. However, according to the research assistants’ observations, employers also had negative attitudes towards persons with disabilities in that employers tended to think that persons with disabilities would not be able to work in such environments unless they made major structural adjustments to the workplace.

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The interaction between disabled and non-disabled people in Tanzania, Action Research, 2011, ICD

This action research was conducted in 2011/2012 by ICD to investigate the interaction between disabled and non-disabled community members in Tanzania. Disabled teachers and other human rights activists discussed in a workshop setting and observed in the field to answer the questions of how are PWDs interacting with their communities, how are the communities interacting with PWDs and what are the challenges (and possible solutions) of their activist work.
PWDs in Tanzania are interacting with the communities in which they live in a variety of roles, as patients, businesspeople, friends and customers. They are exposed to several limitations when trying to acess services, either for lack of money or because of their disability. Often they adopt special behaviours in dealing with their fellows, such as excluding themselves, being aggressive, being afraid or reserved (not asking for their rights).
The promotors reported that in about 60% of all cases they have observed a discriminative, inconsiderate and non-caring attitude of the community members towards PWDs (in about 40% of all cases they observed a non-discriminative, considerate and caring attitude). They noticed several kinds of specific behaviours towards PWDs, such as providing PWDs with material or financial assistance, being surprised at seeing a PWD (especially one with education), being hesitant to assist PWDs, denying PWDs the right to express themselves, giving or not giving PWDs priority.
This research wanted to get a comprehensive picture of the current situation of PWDs in Tanzania. It concludes that MUTUAL DISTRUST is the main attitude that characterizes the relationship between disabled and non-disabled Tanzanians and that only intensive and targeted confrontations and exchanges between the two parties can achieve a significant attitude change.

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Information Centre on Disability, ICD, PO Box 75576, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Tel: +255 22 2400227,

Note: Many disability researches on Tanzania done by international actors are offered by the webpages listed under Disability Resources (especially AskSource and EENET).

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