A 19 year-old disabled student at the University of Venda, experienced going to bed at night as an extremely stressful end to his day. But thanks to a special new bed he has been given, he can now sleep happily.
Imagine if you had to crawl outside on your hands and knees to use the toilet every time nature called. For at least 19,000 South Africans living with disabilities, daily indignities like these are just part of normal life as disabled people remain largely left behind in the country’s quest for sanitation and water.
Imagine being 22 years old and still stuck in primary school simply because no local high school can accommodate your physical disability. This is the fate of Makhosi Ndabambi. More than 500,000 disabled South African children have no access to any schooling, because schools are only built for the abled.
To commemorate Youth Month in June, Health-e News is broadcasting a five-part adolescent health series on Morning Live (SABC 2). This insert – the second in the series – follows Mduduzi Nkosi, a youth who suffers from brittle bones disease.