An assistive technology knowledge-base for Southern Africa

National Policies & Strategies

Below are national policies and strategies that support the financing, procurement and provision of assistive technologies in Southern African countries.



National Policy on Equalisation of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities, Malawi Government (2006): Ensuing the production and availability of assistive aids is included in this national policy (PDF 406KB).


Guidelines on Mobile Orthopaedic Technical Services, Ministry of Health and Social Services (2014): As part of national rehabilitation services, these guidelines cover outreach services for people with disabilities including the provision of prostheses and orthoses, and other mobility devices (PDF 833KB).

Motor Vehicle Accident Fund Act, Government Republic of Namibia (2007): This act entitled persons injured in motor vehicle accidents to receive assistance and benefits, including rehabilitation services and assistive technology as prescribed by health professionals (PDF 113KB).

National Disability Council Act, Government Republic of Namibia (2004): This act established a National Disability Council to monitor and support implementation of the National Policy on Disability. The act addresses assistive devices in sections 3.3 and 3.7 (PDF KB137).

South Africa

Standardisation of Provision of Assistive Devices in South Africa, A Guideline for Use in the Public Sector (2006). This policy framework aims to ensure that the provision of assistive devices is equitable and appropriate (PDF 98KB).


Swaziland National Disability Plan of Action (NDPA) 2015-2020 (2015). Assistive devices are included in education, employment, health, infrastructure and independent living objectives and activities (PDF 998KB).

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