2 April 2020
The corona virus COVID-19 has turned the world upside down. Measures have been taken to control the spread of the virus. This has implications for the work in our projects in Asia and Africa.
Light for the World maintains close contact with local government and partner organizations in our project countries. Because people with disabilities, like everyone else, should get the help they need. We are looking at the impact of the measures on the life and health of people with disabilities. Light for the World is aware that especially in this situation people with disabilities are vulnerable and can become isolated. In these uncertain times, we try to respond as best as possible to the needs of people with disabilities.
The first step is to ensure that people with disabilities have access to information. It is important that they know how to prevent the virus and what to do if they think they are infected. There is an important task for governments and health services. It is important that there is a sign interpreter to translate important press conferences. In addition, people with intellectual disabilities need a simpler explanation. If they do not receive important information in time, they are at a higher risk of becoming infected or infecting other people.
The second step is that people with disabilities, when drastic measures are needed in a country, have access to daily necessities of life. They also have the right to food, drink and care. Currently, access to medical care is particularly important. These facilities must be accessible and accessible to people with disabilities.
Our hearts go out to our employees and to the people with disabilities in the project countries.
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