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Cameroon: National center for rehabilitation of persons with disabilities braces up for golden jubilee

The Cardinal Paul Emile Leger National Center for the Rehabilitation of persons with disabilities will be organizing a week-long commemorative…

The Cardinal Paul Emile Leger National Center for the Rehabilitation of persons with disabilities will be organizing a week-long commemorative activities from the 14 to the 19 of June to mark 50 years of existence.

 

The information was made known Thursday June 3 during a press conference at the institution in the Etougebe neighbourhood in Yaounde.

Making an assessment of what has been done so far by the center, Alexandre Manga, current Director General said in ten years, the center welcomed 110,321 persons with disabilities.

Among them, 1,519 have had surgical, orthopedic and trauma care, 3,639 have benefited from psychological support and 1,811 students from inclusive education and 580 more have been trained to adapt to their deficiencies.

The Paul Emile Leger Centre was created in 1971 by a Canadian prelate, the Cardinal Paul Emile LEGER. It was inaugurated on 15 January 1972 by Cameroon’s former President, El Hadj Ahmadou Ahidjo as a private social work called the Yaounde Rehabilitation Centre.

In 1978, it was transferred to the State of Cameroon under the name of National Rehabilitation Center for People with Disabilities as a Specialized Agency of the Ministry of Social Affairs.

The main mission of the Centre was the rehabilitation of children with polio, meningitis and congenital malformation.

Thereafter, the mission expanded to support people with physical and motor disabilities. Since 2009, Decree No. 2009/096 of 16 March assigns the Center with new tasks extended to the overall management of all types of disabilities.

 

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