Disaster

Gap Analysis: Inclusion of Persons with Disability and Older Persons in Humanitarian Response (Beyond The Evidence)

The Gap Analysis was commissioned by Enhancing Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance (ELRHA) to build the evidence base on inclusion and to inform priorities for innovation. This was the first ever piece of work to systematically review the evidence on the inclusion of people with disability and older people across humanitarian response. The Gap Analysis… Continue Reading »

Disaster Survival Guide In Braille Released for Persons with Visual Impairment in Jamaica

JAMAICA: A survival guide produced in Braille for persons who are blind or living with vision impairment was unveiled at a handover ceremony recently as part of an effort to ensure that they are not left behind when disaster strikes. The ceremony at the Salvation Army School for the Blind and Visually Impaired marks the beginning… Continue Reading »

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

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 most basic needs of persons… Continue Reading »

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

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 to ‘leave no one behind’.… Continue Reading »

Disability Groups Call for Action on “Hidden Crisis”

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 the lives of people with… Continue Reading »

Disability Inclusive Disaster Recovery – Guidance Note

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 more an individual or group… Continue Reading »

Uganda: Calls for Disability-friendly Lockdown Measures

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 Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda in… Continue Reading »

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

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 ……Person-Centred Emergency Preparedness (PCEP). The… Continue Reading »

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

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 serious health complications, but they… Continue Reading »

Preventing Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities in COVID-19 Response

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 me perhaps more than anything… Continue Reading »