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HUMAN RIGHTS BASED APPROACH GUIDELINE ON DISABILITY INCLUSION IN COVID-19 RESPONSE

The pre-existing and intersecting inequalities and power imbalance can exacerbate in a crisis situation. In the context of COVID-19 pandemic, response agencies need to ensure protection to improve safety, well-being and dignity for affected populations. It is also crucial to recognize the capacity of affected population in understanding the information and carrying out their role to respond to and effectively participate through the various measures in place to combat the outbreak.



Pacific Disability Forum | 3/30/2020 12:00:00 AM

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Advisories on the use of Mask

If you are providing care to persons with disabilities, with high support needs and are showing respiratory symptoms such as fever cough or running nose, wear your mask before putting their mask on.


Pacific Disability Forum | 3/30/2020 12:00:00 AM

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Disability and COVID-19

The outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has been declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) and the virus is now a global pandemic, spreading to many countries and territories. While a lot is still unknown about the virus that causes COVID-19, we do know that it is transmitted through direct contact with respiratory droplets of an infected person (generated through coughing and sneezing). Individuals can also be infected from touching surfaces contaminated with the virus and touching their face (e.g., eyes, nose, mouth). While COVID-19 continues to spread, it is important that communities take action to prevent further transmission, reduce the impacts of the outbreak and support control measures.[1]

Ensuring that persons with disabilities are protected and respond effectively to a COVID-19 outbreak, it is critical that their exposure and vulnerability to the spread of the disease are recognised and necessary measures are in place to ensure their inclusion, effective participation, protection and safety is addressed in the health response. We urge all levels of government, agencies and the private sector to work with disabled peoples’ organisations to make sure that persons with disabilities in particular women, children and young persons with disabilities aren’t left behind in the COVID-19 response.

Persons with disabilities and their families will be exposed to the COVID-19 outbreak. In the likely event of this, they face barriers in accessing information due to the lack of availability and accessibility of critical information to guide them in taking necessary precautions, identify where to go to seek help and who to contact in cases of emergencies. Lack of access to education for most persons with disabilities further contributes to their vulnerability to the outbreak as they would lack the understanding of technical medical terms used in public advisories, further contributing to their inability to respond to the outbreak and take necessary actions. Most persons with disabilities are unemployed, poor and live in overpopulated areas with poor living conditions. This exacerbates their exposure to the outbreak and limits their ability to put in place measures to respond to the outbreak, hence raises the risk of their vulnerability.

[1] Key Messages and Actions for COVID-19 Prevention and Control in Schools



Pacific Disability Forum | 3/26/2020 12:00:00 AM

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PDF calls for inclusion of persons with disabilities in COVID-19 response

The Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) is urging all governments in Pacific Island Countries and Territories to ensure the inclusion of persons with disabilities in their COVID-19 planning, response and related actions.



Pacific Disability Forum | 3/26/2020 12:00:00 AM

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Disability Inclusive Communication Guidelines

The points below show various ways you can communicate with persons with disabilities recognising the different impairments:




Pacific Disability Forum | 3/26/2020 12:00:00 AM

Pacific Regional Inclusive Education Framework (PRIEF).
Pacific Regional Inclusive Education Framework (PRIEF).

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.



Pacific Disability Forum | 11/26/2019 12:00:00 AM

OUTCOMES DOCUMENT - 6th PACIFIC REGIONAL CONFERENCE ON DISABILITY 2...
OUTCOMES DOCUMENT - 6th PACIFIC REGIONAL CONFERENCE ON DISABILITY 2019

From recognition to realisation of rights:

Furthering partnership for an inclusive Pacific 2030 for Persons with Disabilities
 
OUTCOME DOCUMENT
 
We the 260 participants from  twenty-one (21) Pacific Island countries and territories of the Youth with Disabilities Forum, Women with Disabilities Forum and the 6th Pacific Regional Conference on Disability titled “From recognition to realisation of rights: furthering partnership for an inclusive pacific 2030 for Persons with Disabilities”, held in Nadi, Fiji, from Monday, 25th February to Friday, 1st of March 2019, representing organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs), disability service providers, Governments, regional and international organisations, universities, and development partners from Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Guam, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, United States of America, Vanuatu as well as Wallis and Futuna;


Pacific Disability Forum | 4/13/2019 12:00:00 AM

Press Release from the Rehabilitation and Mobility Conference 2019
Press Release from the Rehabilitation and Mobility Conference 2019

Disability rights, access to rehabilitation in remote areas and the latest wheelchair technology are hot topics under discussion at the Pacific’s first ever rehabilitation and mobility conference underway in Nadi this week.
 
Adelaide based NGO Motivation Australia and the Pacific Disability Forum have come together to host this important Conference, which follows on from the Pacific Disability Forum’s successful 6th Regional Conference held one month ago, and which highlighted the need for assistive technology as one precondition for inclusion and participation for many.

Pacific Disability Forum | 4/3/2019 12:00:00 AM

PRESS RELEASE - From Recognition to Realisation of Rights: Furtheri...
PRESS RELEASE - From Recognition to Realisation of Rights: Furthering Effective Partnership for an Inclusive Pacific 2030

From recognition to realisation of rights, furthering effective partnership for an inclusive Pacific 2030, will be the centre of the conversation during the 6th Pacific Regional Conference on Disability at Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi Fiji from 25 February to 1 March 2019. The conference will bring together delegations from disabled person’s organisation (DPOs), governments, disability service providers, UN Agencies, Donors, NGOs and development actors from around the region and globally to effectively strengthen partnership for an inclusive Pacific 2030.

According to the Mr. Setareki Macanawai, the  Chief Executive Officer of the Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) the Pacific Island countries’ leaders have strengthened their commitments to tackle barriers faced by persons with disabilities, with 13 countries in the region having ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) over the past 5 years.




Pacific Disability Forum | 2/25/2019 12:00:00 AM

Pacific Regional Conference on Disability 2019 - Registration is no...
Pacific Regional Conference on Disability 2019 - Registration is now Closed.

Bula from PDF. 

 
We would like to formally inform you all that the registration forms to attend the Pacific Regional Conference on Disability to be held in Nadi in the next 2 weeks is now CLOSED. 
 
We would like to thank you all for those who have sent in their forms and we hope to meet you all soon.

@TeamPDF



Pacific Disability Forum | 2/14/2019 12:00:00 AM