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20110801 Disability Inclusion in Drought and Food Crisis Emergency Response ( Fact Sheet)


Disability Inclusion in Drought and Food Crisis Emergency Response ( Fact Sheet)

Persons with disabilities are among the most vulnerable groups in times of food insecurity and other emergencies. They and their families may not be able to access emergency response services due to difficulties in mobility, hearing, seeing and understanding. Disability inclusion is essential for effective and good quality humanitarian practice.

With this in mind, CBM Australia and Plan International Australia have released a new fact sheet, providing base level information to practitioners for awareness raising, training, advocacy, project design and proposal writing.

Purpose: This factsheet provides base level information to practitioners for awareness raising, training, advocacy, project design and proposal writing. The information may be used and sent out widely, with reference to CBM and Plan International.

Background: Persons with disabilities are among the most vulnerable groups in times of food insecurity and other emergencies. Children with disabilities may be particularly vulnerable to neglect or being abandoned, especially in mobile, hungry populations.
Given that persons with disabilities make up 20% of the world’s poorest people, emergency relief efforts need to be inclusive of disability if they are to effectively respond to food crises and adhere to the principles of the ‘Humanitarian Charter’ (1).