Disaster

COVID-19 Disability Rights Monitor Calls on Governments to Ensure Access to Food and Essential Supplies for Persons with Disabilities

Disaster, Global, September 17 2020

It is with grave concern that the COVID-19 Disability Rights Monitor (DRM) calls on governments to take immediate emergency measures to ensure that persons with disabilities have access to food, medication, and other essential supplies. Analysis by the COVID-19 DRM has revealed that government failure to take measures to protect the… Continue Reading »

Implementing the IASC Guidelines on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action

Disaster, Global, July 3 2020

GLOBAL: For too long the risks faced by people with disabilities in crisis settings have been exacerbated by their exclusion from humanitarian preparedness, response and recovery. The new IASC Guidelines on inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action provide an opportunity for humanitarian actors to deliver on their commitment… Continue Reading »

Disability Groups Call for Action on “Hidden Crisis”

Disaster, News, May 14 2020

UN Urged to Lead Action to End Discrimination Against People with Disabilities in the Response to COVID-19  New campaign by disability rights groups calls for more leadership from the United Nations to ensure COVID-19 measures include people with disabilities. Lack of concerted action from governments and health authorities is putting… Continue Reading »

Disability Inclusive Disaster Recovery – Guidance Note

Disaster, May 13 2020

Text Disability inclusive disaster recovery Guidance note Prepared for: World Bank / Global Facility for Disaster Reduction & Recovery Disaster Recovery Knowledge Development

1. Introduction a. Background The impacts of disasters and the related recovery and reconstruction needs of individuals and communities vary. Disaster impacts are dependent on pre-existing conditions and underlying risk factors, including access to resources, the availability of social networks and support, and levels of participation in community life. The… Continue Reading »

Uganda: Calls for Disability-friendly Lockdown Measures

Africa, Disaster, News, April 9 2020

Person speaking into the mic

As of Wednesday, 52 people are confirmed to have coronavirus in Uganda, with no death related to COVID-19 registered. Globally, nearly 1.5 million people have been affected, with the death toll exceeding 80,000. Uganda has ramped up its fight against the deadly virus, with a national taskforce led by Prime… Continue Reading »

Australia: Person-Centred Emergency Preparedness Planning (PCEP) Tool for COVID-19

Asia-Pacific, Disaster, News, April 8 2020

Queenslanders with Disability Network has been working with the University of Sydney and the Queensland Government on these practical tools and information to help you think through how to make a plan for your own individual needs and situation during COVID-19.  We are calling this tool the ‘PCEP COVID-19 Planning Tool’.  PCEP  is short for… Continue Reading »

Persons with disabilities Must Not be left Behind in the Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Disaster, Europe, Misc., April 7 2020

A man and a woman with masks on during the coronavirus crisis

Statement by Dunja Mijatović, Commissioner for Human Rights, Council of Europe As governments in Europe react to the rapid spread of the coronavirus through wide-reaching measures, they must not forget that a large proportion of their population is living with disabilities. Persons with disabilities are not only often at increased risk of… Continue Reading »

Preventing Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities in COVID-19 Response

Disaster, News, March 27 2020

An elderly man shaking hands with a woman seated in a wheelchair.

Unless Governments and communities take action, discrimination against people with disabilities could increase during the COVID-19 pandemic, an expert with the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. Lindsay Lee, a WHO Technical Officer who works on issues related to people with disabilities, was speaking during a Q&A the UN health agency hosted on its Twitter account on Thursday. “What worries… Continue Reading »

CBM Launches New Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (iDRR) Application

Africa, Disaster, January 6 2020

CBM Zimbabwe Emergency Response Team member Allen Chaitezvi and Local Disabled Persons Committee chair Tapiwa Sigauke review the Humanitarian Hands-on Tool (HHoT) app at an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Chimanimani, Zimbabwe, on November 24, 2019. Tapiwa lost his arm in a traffic accident. © CBM/Hayduk

ZIMBABWE: Marking the International Day of Persons with Disability, CBM launches a new Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (iDRR) application (www.cbm.org/i-drr) and releases a new version of its Humanitarian Hands-On Tool (HHoT). The CBM Humanitarian Hands-On Tool (HHoT) (www.cbm.org/hhot), providing step-by-step practical guidance on inclusive humanitarian field work, first went live at the… Continue Reading »

New Guidelines for Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action

Disaster, November 19 2019

The guidelines set out essential actions that humanitarian actors must take in order to effectively identify and respond to the needs and rights of persons with disabilities who are most at risk of being left behind in humanitarian settings. The recommended actions in each chapter place persons with disabilities at… Continue Reading »


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