Southern Africa Federation of the Disabled (SAFOD)

FEDOMA, Stakeholders for Tax Exemption on AT in Malawi

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17 October, 2018

The Federation of Disability Organizations in Malawi (FEDOMA), reiterated its commitment to continue engaging the Government of Malawi to seriously consider removing duty on assistive technology devices imported into the country. The sentiments were made at the Assistive Technology (AT) seminar co-organize with the Southern Africa Federation of the Disabled (SAFOD), in Lilongwe, Malawi, on 17th October 2018. The event aimed to increase awareness about the range of AT products available, and identify challenges and possible solutions to increasing access to AT in Zambia.

The seminar is part of the the Assistive Technology Information Mapping project (AT-Info-Map) currently being implemented by SAFOD in 10 countries in Southern Africa, namely Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Zambia, South Africa, Mozambique, Angola, Swaziland, Namibia and Zimbabwe.  This innovative project is currently capturing, organizing, and mapping availability of AT with a mobile application

Throughout the project, a series of consultation meetings and workshops with various stakeholders, including relevant government ministries, AT suppliers, rehabilitation professionals, and disability advocates, have yielded a number of lessons regarding AT, key among them is the need for increasing general awareness about AT.

For more information about the workshop, please read more here