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20050901 How to include disability issues in disaster management


20050901 How to include disability issues in disaster management



The August-September 2004 floods in Bangladesh were particularly severe as almost 75% of the country went under water. Considering the mandate of Handicap International to “intervene in areas where poverty accentuates the situation of inequity and exclusion of the Persons with Disabilities and in countries affected by natural disasters or conflicts…” it became evident to their Dhaka-Bangladesh team that they had to participate in the disaster response – as so many people were suffering all over the country- with their expertise in “addressing the special needs of the Persons with Disabilities”.
Following this more comprehensive flood rehabilitation, many organizations and communities have shown their interest in learning how to include disability issues in disaster management. This publication, based on Handicap International's field experience (even if it is based on floods, ideas can be easily taken for any type of disaster) and enriched with the expertise of their technical expertise on disability issues, aims at providing concrete ideas and knowledge on “how to include disability issues in disaster management”.