News ID: 113727
Published: 0302 GMT March 13, 2015

Norouz cash gifts for disabled people

Norouz cash gifts for disabled people

About 270,000 disabled people will receive Norouz (Iranian New Year starting March 21) cash gifts, said Ali Mahmoudnejad, the head of the Association for Protecting the Rights of Persons With Disabilities.

Mahmoudnejad announced it at a wheelchair donation ceremony held on Thursday in Tehran.

He, however, said out of 1,400 disabled persons eligible to receive a wheelchair, only 500 received it due to shortage of funds.

Mahmoudnejad also said the maximum lifespan of a wheelchair is two years.

The wheelchairs were provided by Tehran Municipality.


10% of population disabled


“People with disability account for 10 to 15 percent of the country's total population (over 77 million) but 40 million are affected by it indirectly,” said Abdolmoqim Nassehi, the head of Cultural Commission of Tehran Municipality, who also attended the event.

"Governments have been obliged by the International Convention for the Protection of the Rights of People with Disabilities to partly supply goods and services needed by disabled people," he said, adding that NGOs and charities are required to extend help to the government in this regard.


Support of charities


NGOs and charities are offering care services to 90 percent of people with disabilities in Iran, said Yahya Sokhangouei, the deputy head of State Welfare Organization.

"About 1.5-2 million people suffer from serious to very serious disabilities in Iran," he said, adding that 4,000 NGOs are offering social services to people in Iran.

Sokhangouei said $30,000 have been allocated by the government to improve the quality of life of disabled people in the next Iranian year (starting March 21).

"About 16,000 people suffer from damage to spinal cord, all of whom received nursing care and medical treatment allowance last year (ending March 20, 2015). The program to entitle paralyzed people to nursing care will be extended next year."

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