- To ensure that every person with Down syndrome has equal rights
- To eliminate barriers to their living.
- To change societal negative perception on Down syndrome
- To positively influence continental policies and legislation for people with Down syndrome.
- To create equal opportunities for people with Down syndrome, in order to enable them to function optimally and to achieve their full potential in all spheres of life.
- To develop and implement good governance within Africa
- To represent Africa Down syndrome Network Continentally and Internationally
To develop a healthy, literate and economically secure Down syndrome community
with equity that is well integrated into the overall Africa society.
To promote and protect the rights of all people with Down syndrome and their families in Africa,
Empowerment of people with Down syndrome in Africa.
The network is dully affiliated to the African decade of persons with disabilities and to Down syndrome International. The network will affiliate with the African Union, various governments, use various treaties and documents to make sure the rights of people with Down syndrome are met.
The network has the following roles:
- Enhancing awareness and understanding of Down Syndrome,
- Networking with relevant national and international organizations to improve the lives of people with Down syndrome
- Monitoring the formation and implementation of Africa legislation pertaining to Down syndrome
First office bearers:
The following were the first duly elected office bearers
Title Name Country
Chairperson Bibi Ferozia Hosaneea Mauritius
V/ Chairperson Binta Nomsa Tobedza Botswana
Secretary Kifita Humphrey Kimbonyi Zambia
V/ secretary Rose Mordi Ekaete Nigeria
Treasurer Sibonisiwe Mazula Zimbabwe
V/treasurer Michael Okiro Emadit Uganda
All elected office bearers are the founding members and parents/ guardians to children with Down syndrome and have a vision to create a strong empowerment movement for persons with Down syndrome in Africa.
This was a monumental step in the right direction for Down syndrome on the African continent, for all people with Down syndrome and their families