WHO & CBM launch key publication on inclusive health
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October 2013: The World Health Organisation (WHO) together with CBM, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Organization for Migration, the United Nations Children’s Fund and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction have just released a guidance note to highlight how to include persons with disabilities in Emergency Risk management for health.
Three questions to Valerie Scherrer, Director of the CBM Emergency Response Unit
Valerie Scherrer: persons with disabilities are disproportionally affected by disasters, as many actions saving life of people may not be easy for them, such as: understanding early warning, evacuating, accessing emergency shelter, or fulfilling their health related needs. Assistive devices such as glasses or hearing and mobility aids can be lost during evacuation and persons with disabilities might be left behind when a community is forced to evacuate. The supportive network is often disrupted and this can be life threatening. Accessing basic needs, including food, water, shelter, latrines and healthcare services is also challenging.