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Duty Bearers commit to ensuring Inclusive development in the North West Region, Cameroon

By Afanwi Ngwa Regional Delegates and key actors involved in the #development of the Northwest region have adopted several recommendations that they say will facilitate access to Infrastructure, Services, information and communication, #Justice and Education for people with disabilities (#PWDs) in the region. This they say, will pave the way for the effective achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (#SDGs). Persons with Disabilities and regional duty Bearers at the panel discussion  In a panel Discussion, Heads of government services in the North West Region alongside Human Rights Activists and non-governmental Organizations advocating for the rights of persons with #disabilities and persons with impairment themselves brainstormed on the level of implementation of accessibility which they attest is still at the preliminary stage in their respective services more than ten years since Cameroon ratified the UN   convention on the protection and promotio
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Lifestyle: Dr. Edwin Tatah, Mother Received Apostolic Blessings on Twin Birthday Celebration

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