KARACHI: A Network of Organizations Working for People with Disabilities, Pakistan (NOWPD,P) was launched by the Aga Khan network with the objective of bringing together NGOs working for persons with disabilities.
This was announced by the H.H. Prince Aga Khan Council for Pakistan at a seminar on their plight at the Aga Khan University Thursday.
About 2.5 percent of the population of Pakistan has some form of disability and Translated in absolute numbers, nearly 3.2 million people in Pakistan are disabled out of which 1.37 million are females and 1.99 million males, while 37.2 percent fall in the 0-14 age group. This is significantly lower than the WHO estimate of approximately 10 percent, which is because of a different definition as the WHO included persons with mild and moderate disabilities also.
According to rough estimates 28 percent of the disabled are literate, only 14 percent are employed, 70 percent rely on family and a majority, almost 66 percent, lives in rural areas (WB 2005).
Gul Najam Jamy, Program Manager Civil Society Aga Khan Foundation, presented the findings of a research report.