According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about 15 % of the world’s population lives with some form a disability with 2-4 % experiencing significant difficulties in functioning. People with disabilities worldwide have poorer health, lower education attendance, and higher risk to be unemployed and higher risks of poverty. In Ethiopia disability is also connected to social stigma with many families hiding away disabled family members.
DICAC works to support disabled refugees both medically and psychologically. Some of the conditions are blindness, paralysis or mental disabilities. DICAC facilitates medical treatment, psycho social support as well as rehabilitation materials such as wheel chairs or crutches. The office also facilitates a special caretaker when that is considered necessary. This is often a family member of the patient that will get a small allowance from the UNHCR.
The conditions of these patients are often permanent and DICAC can mostly yet only provides support to make the daily life easier. There are also success stories though, where there has been a direct improvement of the disability. DICAC also prioritizes the psychological process of making the patient accept its condition while overcoming social stigma.