The Asantehemaa, Nana Afua Konadu Yiadom III, has pledged to give strong support to advocacy and protection of the rights of children with disabilities, especially those with cerebral palsy.
She said those children needed the support of everybody to develop, grow, and live normal life.
The Asantehemaa said this when Ms. Martha Opoku Agyeman, Founder of Kids and Single Parents Care Foundation (KSPCF), led a delegation of children with cerebral palsy and other disabilities, to pay a courtesy call on her at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi
KSPCF, an NGO, has been working to sensitize people on the plight of children with cerebral palsy and the protection of their their fundamental human rights.
Ms. Opoku Agyeman said the delegation was at the palace to seek the backing of the Asante Queen to create public awareness of the health condition and help to reduce the stigma attached to it.
Cerebral palsy (CP) is a neuromuscular disorder caused by a damage to the brain. Children with the disease have a wide range of difficulties, including clumsy walk, inability to speak or swallow.
With the right medication and treatment, many of these children could be helped to live normal and meaningful lives.
Ms. Opoku Agyeman, noted that the Asantehemaa occupied unique position in the traditional set up and that her tremendous influence could make a change – bring down the stigmatization.
She thanked the Queen for accepting to lead the fight against the social exclusion and shabby treatment of children with disabilities.