Developing Countries: Hearing Impairment

Department for International Development written question – answered on 23rd June 2015.

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Photo of Kate Green Kate Green Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has made of the proportion of UK aid that supports projects for deaf people.

Photo of Kate Green Kate Green Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which projects funded by UK aid support deaf people; and in which countries those projects are based.

Photo of Grant Shapps Grant Shapps The Minister of State, Department for International Development

DFID funds a number of projects which support deaf people, including through Sense International and the Disability Rights Fund, which supports Deaf People’s Organisations in a number of countries including Rwanda and Uganda. DFID advocates for the use of the Washington Group Questions as a method of disaggregating data by disability. The questions can give policy makers a better understanding of the number and situation of deaf people as well as those with other impairments. DFID is implementing its disability framework, published in December 2014. The framework sets out how DFID will make its policies and programmes more inclusive of all people with disabilities.

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