Launch of Philippines Aging and Disability Task Force
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May 2014 - CBM and other international NGOs launch the Aging and Disability Task Force (ADTF) in the Philippines. This collaboration will work to ensure inclusion of people with disabilities and older people in humanitarian responses in the Philippines, both now - recovering from Typhoon Haiyan - and in the future.
Working together for inclusion
“Age and disability are two critical sectors that are often ignored in the assessment of humanitarian needs and operations.
Experience from previous crises have shown that people with disabilities and older people are disproportionally affected during emergency situations:
- Early warning/evacuation messages and emergency shelters may not be accessible
- assistive devices such as visual, hearing or mobility aids are often lost and damaged
- support networks (family/friends/community) are often disrupted
- access to essential, basic humanitarian needs (food, water, shelter, sanitation and healthcare services) may be difficult or impossible