Leaving no one behind: Inclusive development for persons with disabilities

Article, 18.08.2023

UNFPA handed over the newly-refurbished Yombo Vocational Training and Rehabilitation Centre for Persons with Disabilities to the Prime Minister's Office - Labour, Youth, Employment and Persons with Disabilities (PMO-LYED) as part of the Safeguard Young People (SYP) programme in Tanzania co-funded by the Government of Switzerland.

Mr. Mark Bryan Schreiner, Prof. Jamal Katundu and Mr. Holger Tausch cut the ribbon to mark the official handover.
Mr. Mark Bryan Schreiner, Prof. Jamal Katundu and Mr. Holger Tausch cut the ribbon to mark the official handover. © UNFPA Tanzania

Through the SYP programme, UNFPA supported the Government (PMO-LYED) to refurbish a health facility for the purpose of strengthening Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) service provision to youth, especially those living with disabilities, at the centre.

The handover ceremony was attended by Prof. Jamal Adam Katundu, Permanent Secretary at the Prime Minister's Office - Labour, Youth, Employment & Persons with Disability (Chief Guest); Mr. Holger Tausch, Chargé d’Affaires from the Embassy of Switzerland and the UNFPA Country Representative Mr. Mark Bryan Schreiner; among others.

In his remarks, Mr. Tausch said often times in development programmes, some marginalised groups are left behind, be it ethnic minorities, migrants, people living with disabilities, youth, the elderly, or others. “Switzerland strongly believes in ‘leaving no one behind’ as the central pledge of the 2030 Agenda, and we acknowledge that this fundamental principle is indispensable in order to meet the Sustainable Development Goals," he stated.

Switzerland has supported the SYP programme since its inception in 2013, covering Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. In 2021, it extended to its partner countries Rwanda, Mozambique and Tanzania.

The SYP programme aims at contributing to improving sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of young people, thus reducing gender-based health inequities. It supports the adoption, domestication and implementation of inclusive policies, and strengthens young people’s competencies on and access to SRHR services. 

Source: UNFPA

Factsheet - Safeguard Young People