International Day for Disaster Reduction - Five inclusive NGOs in action
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On 13 October, CBM celebrates International Day for Disaster Reduction. Before this date, we are highlighting stories from the DiDRR network's publication 'Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Management'. Discover five NGOs that decided to introduce disability inclusive strategy in their work.
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Organisation working for disability inclusive disaster risk reduction
Intermon Oxfam in Ethiopia
Merlin in Kenya
- Inclusion of disability messages on some of the IEC materials developed for example on importance of immunization and micro-nutrient supplementation in preventing disabilities in children. Organisations of persons with disabilties (DPOs) and theatre groups were guides on the kind of messages to deliver during awareness campaigns
- Inclusion of disability as part of the package of the Ministry of Health’s reporting tools delivered to health workers at health facility and outreach sites
- Merlin mainstreamed disability in its community strategy: Community Health Extension Workers, Community Health Workers and Community Health Committees were sensitised on disability, reporting and referral.
- Merlin started to work with DPOs in identification, community mobilization and advocacy-health promotion. This has improved community linkage and networking.
- Community outreach venues are made more accessible to persons with disabilities, which means that health services are now possible to access closer to their homes.
Emmanuel Hospital Association in India
Gayo Pastoralist Development Initiative (GPDI) in Ethiopia
During the implementation of this project, GPDI realised that it had to revise its procedures and protocols to accommodate the participation and inclusion of disability. As the project provided for building the capacity of their staff on disability and development as well as disability and disasters, staff are now aware about the need to include persons with disabilities in assessments, discussions, distribution and trainings at all levels. They are also modifying their monitoring and evaluation system to make sure that data is reflecting the situation of persons with disabilities.
WaterAid has adopted equity and inclusion as core principles, intrinsic to a rights based approach, to ensure they address issues of marginalisation and exclusion. In 2009 WaterAid launched its equity and inclusion framework to guide this work and to ensure that their programs meet the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) needs of marginalised people including persons with disabilities, those living with HIV and AIDS and other groups typically excluded due to their gender, religion, caste, employment or age. WaterAid’s approach is to ensure marginalised people are included in decision-making and leadership processes and that new WASH infrastructure meets the needs of a variety of people.
The resource website -Inclusive Wash- is an online initiative of the Australian WASH Reference Group supported by AusAID. This project shares practical skills and evidence to support practitioners’ implementation of WASH projects that address the needs of all in the community. More than 60 papers, manuals, case studies, guidelines and general resources on disability inclusive development and WASH are available.