About Our Organization

Zambia Federation of Disability Organisations (ZAFOD) is a legally constituted national umbrella organization for disability organizations in Zambia and has a long history of work in the legal reform and human rights sector. With a membership of 12 organisations, the primary goal of the organisation is to advocate for the promotion and protection of the rights of persons with disabilities.

It has a vision of a society where persons with disabilities enjoy equal rights and opportunities that are generally available in society and are necessary for the fundamental elements of living and development such as education, employment, health, housing, financial and personal security.

ZAFOD would also like to see the enhancement of family life, participation in social and political groups, religious activity, sports, access to public facilities, and freedom of movement. Current members of ZAFOD are: Zambia:

– National Association of the Partially Sighted (ZNAPS)
– Zambia Association for Children & Adults with Learning Disabilities (ZACALD)
– Zambia National Association of Disabled Women (ZNADWO)
– Zambia National Association of the Physically Disabled People (ZNAPD)
– Zambia National Association of the Hearing Impaired (ZNAHI)
– New Foundation of the Blind in Zambia (NEFOBZA)
– Parents Partnership Association for Children with Special Needs (PPACSN)
– Zambia Association on Employment for Persons with Disabilities (ZAEPD)
– Zambia Association of Parents for Children with Disabilities (ZAPCD)
– Zambia National Association of Sign Language Interpreters (ZNASLI)
– Mental Health Users Network of Zambia (MHUNZA)
– Zambia National Association of the Deaf (ZNAD)

ZAFOD has played an instrumental role in policy and legal framework formulation on disability issues in Zambia.

Examples of this instrumental role can be seen in the successful advocacy for the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), the Persons With Disabilities Act (2012) and the Zambia National Disability Policy; Highlighting issues of self-representation by persons with disabilities in the most recent constitution review process; and Mobilising members for input in the formulation of the Finance Ministry’s development plans.

Furthermore, ZAFOD has over the years developed a body of casework related to disability – with over 500 legal cases dealt with successfully, and further secured major legal precedents through targeted litigation programmes in the areas of accessible elections and physical access.

ZAFOD has also successfully lobbied for the repeal of the Mental Disorders Act (1951) and drafting of the current Mental Health Bill.

The organisation also facilitated the establishment of the first Independent Monitoring Unit to monitor domestication of the CRPD in Zambia – also the first in Africa.

As a federation ZAFOD also supports a variety of major national development programmes across education, economic development (micro-finance and agri-business development) and human rights fields.

Work with us?

At Botswana Federation of the Disabled (BOFOD), we are eager to work with different people willing to help persons with disabilities realize their rights. Please find our different ways you can enroll with us here.

How to help with resource mobilisation?

You do not necessarily need to be a donor to help ZAFOD. You can still help us by connecting us with potential donors out there, if you have some connections. Or better still, if you have proposal writing skills, we welcome your support with drafting new proposals or editing existing proposals that can help us win more donations.

How can you get involved with policy & legislative advocacy?

Inclusive policies and legislation are a catalyst for development, more especially the realization of different rights that persons with disabilities have. If you have expertise in policy analysis, or legislative processes, we welcome you support in helping analyse different policies and pieces of legislation and how they affect persons with disabilities in Zambia as a basis for our Policy and Legislative advocacy.

How to help with UNCRPD monitoring

Zambia is one of the countries that have ratified the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) in Southern Africa, but like many other countries in the region, implementation on the ground is challenge. We invote to be involved in the monitoring processes of the implementation of the Convention so as to put pressure on our political leaders comprehensively domesticating this very important Convention. You can mak your voices heard by, for instance, posting on your Facebook wall, talking about it on your twitter, Blogging about it, writing letter to editors in the Zambia’s leading newspapers, among other things.

How else do i get involved?

You can get involved with ZAFOD work through different ways, including by volunteering at ZAFOD as highlighted on this page, by taking part in BOFOD’s monitoring and advocacy activities on the UNCRPD implementation as already mentioned above,  by giving/donating, just to mention a few. If you have any other ideas that we have not mentioned on this website on how you get involved, please feel free to contact us here.

AFFILIATES

Disability and HIV/AIDS Trust (DHAT)
Contact Person:
Contact #:


Mental Health Users Network of Zambia (MHUNZA)
Salvation Army complex, Emmasdale, Lusaka

Contact Person: Mr. Sylvester Katontoka
Contact #: +260 978 818600


New Foundation of the Blind in Zambia (NEFOBZA)
Plot #: 4225, Chilumbulu Road, Chilenje, Lusaka

Contact Person: Mr. Peter Chibesa
Contact #: +260 211 253180 or +260 968 352112


Zambia Association on Employment for Persons with Disabilities (ZAEPD)
Ministry of Education, Curriculum Development Center, Long Acres, Lusaka

Contact Person: Ms. Masiye Phiri
Contact #: +260 977 804101


Zambia Association of Parents for Children with Disabilities (ZAPCD)
Plot 8501, Room 7,  Haziel Daniels Complex, Kandanga Road, Industrial Area, Lusaka

Contact Person: Ms. Astridah Kunda
Contact #: +260 966 260561


Zambia National Association of the Deaf (ZNAD)
Plot 10437, Los Angeles Crescent, North of kanyama Puma Filling Station, Chinika South Area, Lusaka

Contact Person: Mr. James Kapembwa
Contact #: +260 977 272417


Zambia National Association of Disabled Women (ZNADWO)
Ridgeway Area,  NAPSA Building, Room 8 & 9,Jacaranda Road, Lusaka

Contact Person: Ms. Josephine Shinaka
Contact #: +260 977 936706


Zambia National Federation for the Blind
Plot #: 4225, Chilumbulu Road, Chilenje, Lusaka

Contact Person: Mr. Lusa Kabemba
Contact #: +260 211 253180


Zambia National Association of the Hearing Impaired (ZNAHI)
Hearing and Speech Center, Children’s Wing, The University Teaching Hospital, Lusaka

Contact Person: Mr. Kennedy Sikuka
Contact #: +260 955 199199 or +260 977 199199


Zambia National Association of the Partially Sighted (ZNAPS)
Near Deeper Life Ministries, Kamwala, Lusaka

Contact Person: Mr. Nakawa Chiyala
Contact #: +260 955 253030 or +260 977 721152


Zambia National Association of Sign Language Interpreters (ZNASLI)
Ridgeway Area, NAPSA Building, Room 12,Jacaranda Road, Lusaka

Contact Person: Ms. Loveness Chupa
Contact #: +260 977 698067


Zambia National Library and Cultural Centre for the Visually Impaired (ZNLCCVI)
Plot #: 4225, Chilumbulu Road, Chilenje, Lusaka

Contact Person: Mr. Henry Chanda
Contact #: +260 211 260516

Our Board

Secretariat

Ms. Patience Kanguma
Federal Director

patience@zafod.net


Mr. Kelly Kaira
Senior Programmes Officer

kelly@zafod.net


Mr. Albert Mutale
Accountant

albert@zafod.net