Middle East

Egypt: New Incubator for Enterprises in Assistive Technology 

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Egypt’s National Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development (NIGSD) launched in April an incubator for enterprises producing technologies for the disabled. Executive Director of NIGSD Sherifa El-Sherif stated that the Assistive Technology Incubation Program was launched by opening the door for licensed Egyptian companies to submit their initial… Continue Reading »

UAE: Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) and ZHO Partner to Provide Medication Packages with Braille-Printed Labels

UAE: The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP), in coordination and cooperation with the Zayed Higher Organisation for People of Determination (ZHO), has launched an initiative to provide medication instruction labels in Braille to help visually impaired patients and the blind read them without seeking help. The initiative is part of the government’s directions to protect… Continue Reading »

Syria: Guidance Note on the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in the COVID-19 CCCM Response

SYRIA: This guidance note provides an overview of the risks that persons with disabilities face in the COVID-19 response regarding accessing humanitarian services and proposes actions to address these risks within the CCCM response specifically. This note draws on the IASC Guidelines on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action, CCCM chapter, applying these to… Continue Reading »

G3ict-Smart Cities for All Country Representative Program: Update from Maldives, Syria

1. Ahmed Irash, Maldives  Building a ramp at the main beach in Male City, Maldives: There is a new initiative that will take place in Maldives which will be to build a ramp to the beach to increase accessibility for all including persons with disabilities and special needs, who use artificial beach for their therapies and… Continue Reading »

3D Printed Hands Are Giving Syrian Children a Second Chance

SYRIA: War is causing havoc and destruction in Syria. However, children remain innocent within this realm and their pursuits of playtime and fun are undiminished. Ten-year-old Loai was playing in his neighborhood in Aleppo with his friends when a shell was dropped on them. Loai lost his hand in the attack. Smart Hand is a startup… Continue Reading »

G3ict-Smart Cities for All Country Representative Program: Updates from Brazil, Ecuador, Libya, Bangladesh, Mexico and Pakistan

Regina Cohen, Brazil – In 2019, a Brazilian architect, Regina Cohen has represented G3ict and its Smart Cities for All initiative (SC4A)  in the Smart City Expo Curitiba in Mexico and also participated in the Smart Cities and Disability Conference (SUDI) 2019. In 2020, Regina attended the 27th World Congress of Architects UIA 2020 and presented the… Continue Reading »

G3ict Announces New Country Representatives for Russia and Saudi Arabia

G3ict’s Smart Cities for All Country Representative program continues to expand its footprint with two new representatives from Saudi Arabia and Russia, bringing the global network to twenty.   ATLANTA (April 27, 2020) — Today the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs (G3ict), through its Smart Cities for All global initiative, appointed two new Country Representatives, Aya… Continue Reading »

Innovative Masks to Help Persons with Visual Impairment

ISRAEL: For the hearing impaired, this is no easy task, as it adds an extra layer of difficulty to their ability to communicate, often times with various service providers such as doctors and nurses. As face masks have become an inseparable part of the lives of millions of Israelis there are those who may have more trouble with the… Continue Reading »

UAE Launches New Policy to Protect Persons with Disabilities

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: The UAE Cabinet approved a new policy to protect those with disabilities from abuse. The initiative is intended to empower people of determination by giving them a platform to report cases of ill-treatment. With inclusion at its heart, the policy will enable them to “participate effectively within a safe community environment” that guarantees their “right to… Continue Reading »

Doha Declaration to Promote Rights of 1.5 Billion Persons with Disabilities Worldwide

QATAR: Qatar Foundation for Social Work (QFSW) launched the ‘Doha Declaration’ at the closing ceremony of the Doha International Conference on Disability and Development (DICDD) yesterday. The two-day conference, which has attracted over 1,500 policy-makers and practitioners, took place at the Qatar National Convention Center under the theme: “Leaving No One Behind”. The Doha Declaration on… Continue Reading »