The African Organization for the Development of Centers for Persons with Disabilities (OADCPH) is a unique non-political, non-profit NGO unique in Africa. It was founded in 2011 and established in Togo since 2012. OADCPH is recognized as a public utility NGO by the Togolese government with which it signed a program agreement in 2015 and a headquarters agreement in 2018 .
OADCPH which regional office is based in Togo has a board of directors composed of representatives of structures for people with disabilities, representatives, partners but also supporters from different sectors of activity of the community.
The board of directors meets once a year (face to face or online) and the members are elected for a period of two (02) years renewable by tacit renewal. It delegates powers to the Executive Board which manages the NGO and ensures its smooth running.
OADCPH is composed today of 84 functional rehabilitation centers which have the status of members, and which belong to 34 African countries. It is open to all private and public rehabilitation centers as well as to organizations and institutions working in the field of disability.
OADCPH was created in order to adress the issue of lack of access to assistive technologies for people with disabilities in general.
Indeed, only 15 to 25% of the people who need assistive technologies have access to them. Production is low and often of poor quality. In addition, there is a lack of trained personnel to manage the distribution of these products, especially in the provinces and districts. And where access is available, costs are often prohibitive, whereas assistive technologies can maintain or improve mobility and autonomy of individuals, thus contributing to their well-being.
Aware that the ecosystem of assistive technologies in Africa in general does not meet the needs of the population, OADCPH has set up an Associative Purchasing Center and support activities to develop an ecosystem that will be able to meet the present and future needs of the population, which will be efficient and sustainable.
The purpose of OADCPH is to “Promote the right of access to quality, low-cost assistive technology and rehabilitation care for a greater number of people with disabilities in Africa in a sustainable manner.
- Helping to improve the quality of management in the field of disability in Africa
- Promoting sustainability of rehabilitation facilities in Africa
- Guaranteeing a reliable and secure supply system of assistive technology in Africa
- Supporting and strengthening the capacities of stakeholders working in the field of disability in Africa.
HOW WE OPERATE
OADCPH pursues a social mission in Africa, which is strengthening the assistive technology ecosystem in order to promote access to assistive technologies for people with disabilities.
In order to support its actions, it provides goods and services through its central purchasing association.
OADCPH does not seek to make a profit, but its earnings are used mainly to finance the social actions on which it is positioned, and to ensure its operation and the continuous training of its staff in order to guarantee a better service.
OUR AREAS OF INTERVENTION
From three (03) axes of intervention, OADCPH after ten years of experience is now moving to five (05) axes which are related to areas linked to an effective assistive technology ecosystem as defined by the WHO:
- Assistance in accessing services (Assistance in accessing AT for the most needy, support donation)
- Capacity building of rehabilitation professionals, service managers and administrative staff
- Advice and support for service development and technical issues
- Development of solutions and innovation
- Supply of rehabilitation centers with materiels and components through the central purchasing office
OUR ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY
Aware of the major economic, social and environmental challenges facing the planet and placing sustainable development at the heart of its strategy, OADCPH joins the fight against global warming by taking its environmental responsibilities.
OADCPH has been investing since 2015 in the use of solar panels and is now powered 95% by this system.