People with disabilities in the Pacific face many barriers to full participation. These barriers to education, employment, housing, transport and create a vicious cycle of exclusion.
The Pacific Disability Forum runs training events, workshops and conferences across the Pacific.
The Pacific Disability forum advocates for persons with disabilities at the regional level. We are working towards changing perceptions of disability in the community and at the government level.
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PDF Preparedness Emergency Response Unit (PERU) team mates Lagesh Lal and Nnaomi Navoce after a meeting at the holiday Inn, Suva, Fiji.

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Welcome to the Pacific Disability Forum. The Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) is a regional peak body that works in partnership with Disabled Persons Organisations in the Pacific region. Our aim is to build the capacity of these organisations and improve the lives of persons with disabilities in the Pacific through advocacy. 

Since our formation in 2004, PDF has worked hard to advocate for disability issues in our region and internationally.  You can find out more about our work and how to help by exploring our website. 

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“PDF welcomes Sainimili to the team and are delighted to have her join us bringing her experience in advocacy, capacity building, lobbying and research on a regional and international setting.”, said PDF CEO Setareki Macanawai
Prior to joining PDF, Sainimili was the Project Officer with the Fiji Albinism Project where she was responsible for consultations at both national and regional levels with Disabled Peoples Organisations (DPOs), sourcing funding, publication materials, monitoring of data registry and liaising with the University of the South Pacific on enrolment of children with albinism.


Setareki Macanawai, CEO, PDF, this afternoon presented on behalf of the Inclusive Education Task Force the mapping report on the Pacific Regional Inclusive Education Framework (PRIEF) against the Pacific Regional Education Framework (PacREF). The presentation was made to the Pacific Heads of Education System (PHES) Steering Committee at their meeting held at the University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji.

14th October 2019
International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction
Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) in celebrating the international day for disaster risk reduction, calls for the adoption of an accessible standard in the region to ensure that persons with disabilities are not left behind in disasters situation. The theme of this year’s International Day for DRR which is celebrated every year on the 13th of October is “Reducing disaster damage to critical infrastructure and limiting the disruption of basic services”. Critical infrastructure includes schools and hospitals while basic services include potentially life-saving utilities such as food, water, energy, telecommunications, and transportation.