Speak Up Africa has become the latest signatory to the Lilongwe Declaration on Intellectual Disability, adding their voice to a growing number of organizations in Africa committed to improving the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. The signing ceremony took place during Special Olympics Senegal's National Games. Speak Up Africa is a creative health communications and advocacy organization dedicated to catalyzing African leadership, enabling policy change, securing resources and inspiring action for the most pressing issue affecting Africa’s future: child health.

The two organizations have begun local collaboration around global health issues facing people with intellectual disabilities and their families, namely that of combating malaria. The partnership demonstrates the important role that collaboration between NGOs and civil society play in reaching common goals and is an example of the many positive outcomes of the African Leaders Forum on Disability.

By Annemarie van Wieringen
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