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Title:Blind people in Africa
Author:Wilson, John
Geographic terms:Africa
Great Britain
colonial territories
Subject:physically disabled
Abstract:The alarmingly high number of blind persons in East, Central and West Africa constitutes an important economic problem, both to the individual and to the society in which he lives. Medical progress has contributed to diminishing the problem, but its solution lies in the social field. In Kenya, Uganda, Tanganyika, Rhodesia, Nyasaland, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and also in Ghana, there now exist permanent systems of blind welfare. Traditional methods of blind welfare have been drastically modified. In Kenya, Uganda, Tanganyika, Northern Rhodesia and Nigeria, training centres have been established where blind people learn to cultivate crops, to tend cattle and to undertake the traditional 'shamba' (typical smallholding) tasks. Blind persons are also taught to produce articles for local markets.