Disability Rights

People with disabilities constitute on average 10% of any country’s population and are often part of the most marginalised groups in society. Far too often, people with disabilities are overlooked, ignored, and abused by society. Although developmental issues affect most people in southern Africa, people with disabilities face an acute vulnerability to developmental issues and poverty. For instance, poverty is both a cause and a consequence of disability: a lack of access to basic health care or sanitation may lead to an otherwise preventable disability, while a lack of public sector infrastructure and services may leave a person with a disability unemployed and destitute.

The Disability Rights Programme promotes the social inclusion of people with disabilities and works to rights violations faced by people living with disabilities, including discrimination, inadequate access to public facilities, denial of health services, and forced sterilisation.


Blog Posts


Guest Blog post by Wamundila Waliuya, Founding President – Disability Rights Watch Many African countries » Read More

[Research Report] Accountability and Redress for Discrimination in Healthcare in Botswana, Malawi and Zambia

Southern Africa bears a disproportionate burden of HIV globally and indications are that stigma and discrimination » Read More

Reaching for Zero Discrimination in Healthcare

          1 March is Zero Discrimination Day, a day to celebrate » Read More


Zambia: Health Rights of HIV-positive prisoners

SALC is working with the Legal Resources Foundation in Zambia to secure the rights of HIV-positive » Read More

Zambia: Challenging the Mental Disorders Act of 1949

SALC is supporting a petition by two persons with mental disabilities and the Mental Health » Read More

Malawi: Challenging the criminalisation of breastfeeding by women living with HIV

SALC worked with the International Coalition of Women (ICW), Malawi and a private lawyer, Mr Wesley » Read More