Number of people living with disability up

31 May 2016 21:30pm
WINDHOEK, 31 MAY (NAMPA) – The number of people with disabilities in Namibia has increased from about 43 000 in the year 1991 to more than 98 000 by 2011.
Senior Statistician for Population Census and Demographics at the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) Alina Namupala on Tuesday presented results of the Namibia 2011 Census Disability Report.
The in-depth analysis of the disabilities status in Namibia is the first of its kind to be conducted in the country based on the 2011 census data.
Namupala noted that the number of people living with disabilities in Namibia was 42 932 in 1991, 85 567 in 2001 and 98 413 in 2011.
She said the last Population and Housing Census conducted countrywide in 2011 show that over 15 000 of people with disabilities live in the Omusati Region; 13 000 in Ohangwena Region; and 12 000 in the Oshikoto Region.
The lowest number of disabled people was recorded in Omaheke with 2 000, and //Kharas with 2 649.
“We also found out that there are more young people with disabilities in the country compared to elderly people,” she noted.
She said the Omusati, Ohangwena and Hardap regions are losing people with disabilities migrating to urban areas in Khomas and Erongo.
The census also covered the literacy level, educational level, and employment levels of people living with disabilities in Namibia.
She explained the statistics on disabilities are necessary for policymakers to identify persons with disabilities, their needs and design good frameworks intended to improve the livelihood of people living with disabilities.
Also speaking at the launch of the report, Head of Research and Development in the National Disability Council of Namibia Tjiueza Tjombumbi said statistical information is necessary for planning and decision making purposes.
“We welcome the long-awaited statistics that we can use to advocate for people living with disabilities in the country. Our people worked closely with NSA in drafting this report.”
Tjombumbi pledged the council's continuous support in producing more research documents with the NSA regarding people living with disabilities in the country.