CBM Launches New Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (iDRR) Application

CBM Zimbabwe Emergency Response Team member Allen Chaitezvi and Local Disabled Persons Committee chair Tapiwa Sigauke review the Humanitarian Hands-on Tool (HHoT) app at an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Chimanimani, Zimbabwe, on November 24, 2019. Tapiwa lost his arm in a traffic accident.
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Marking the International Day of Persons with Disability, CBM launches a new Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (iDRR) application (www.cbm.org/i-drr) and releases a new version of its Humanitarian Hands-On Tool (HHoT).

The CBM Humanitarian Hands-On Tool (HHoT) (www.cbm.org/hhot), providing step-by-step practical guidance on inclusive humanitarian field work, first went live at the end of 2017. Since then, it has been used in emergency responses run by CBM and partners in several countries, including Kenya, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Zimbabwe. It has also been translated to Spanish and content has increased now to over 80 cards. 

In 2019, the app has been improved, taking advantage of Progressive Web App (PWA) technology, and has been translated into Bahasa Indonesia. Now, a second application focusing on disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (iDRR) is being launched for the first time.

The new CBM iDRR Hands-on Tool uses the same methodology as HHoT to ensure accessibility and inclusion of persons with disabilities in disaster risk reduction programs of government and NGOs worldwide. 

Using Progressive Web App technology

What does this mean? The application is fully usable as a standard website, plus it can be automatically downloaded to smartphones and other devices, without visiting an app store. Just one click stores the application on your phone. It will then be available for offline use any time, and it will be updated automatically whenever you have an Internet connection.

New content available in the HHoT

The information contained in HHoT now includes cash transfer, education and mainstreaming of mental health and psychosocial disabilities in a humanitarian context. This, plus the already-existing content, has been translated into Spanish and Bahasa. Plans for 2020 include further expansion and improvement of the tips and advice, and translation into more languages, with French, Arabic and Bangla at the top of the queue.

Designed for accessibility

Accessibility has always been a priority. During the redevelopment process, a workshop was held in Jakarta, Indonesia that involved Disabled People's Organisations (DPOs) and humanitarian actors assessing HHoT for accessibility and usability. In the coming weeks, both apps will be audited against Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) standards AA level.

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