COVID-19

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People with disabilities are being disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

On top of the barriers they face every day, many people with disabilities now experience additional inequalities because of the pandemic.

We are adapting the work of Inclusive Futures to assist with the response and support people with disabilities through the crisis and recovery.

A woman shows a young girl how to wash her hands outside using a tap, in Kenya.

Many people with disabilities face a greater risk from COVID-19

Our rapid assessments have shown that they:

  • are less likely to receive adequate information about COVID-19.
  • do not have the essential hygiene materials they need.
  • have lost their income as a result of national lockdowns and many are borrowing money to cope and falling into debt.
  • are being forced to reduce the number of meals they eat.
  • are unable to access essential health care, assistive devices services and medication.
  • no longer have support from personal assistants.
  • face discrimination and negligence if they fall ill with COVID-19.
Information being disseminated to a community in Bangladesh.

How we’re responding

Information being disseminated to a community in Bangladesh.

Our COVID-19 initiatives are not only supporting an inclusive response to the pandemic and recovery afterwards, but will also produce evidence to support inclusive crisis responses in the future.

Our approach

Advocacy

We are advocating on a global and national level for an inclusive approach to COVID-19. Inclusive Futures partner, the International Disability Alliance (IDA), is leading campaigns, in conjunction with the International Disability and Development Consortium, calling for an accessible and inclusive response and recovery.

DPO engagement

Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) have been at the centre of defining the interventions, including taking part in rapid assessments, and prioritise what work is done. They are key partners in the implementation of all COVID-19 projects.

Evidence

The Inclusive Futures programmes and partners are gathering evidence about the impact of COVID-19 on people with disabilities, as well as how to deliver an inclusive response to the crisis and inclusive recovery after the pandemic.

Our work responding to COVID-19

Women working together on a piece of paper.

Global

We are supporting the UK government with research through our Disability Inclusion Helpdesk and disability experts, advocating globally for a disability inclusive response and conducting research about what works in disability inclusive crisis responses.

Three people in Bangladesh use hand sanitiser.

Bangladesh

Addressing the immediate and urgent needs of more than 3,000 households with people with disabilities and supporting Organisations for People with Disabilities to advocate to government for disability-inclusive responses.

Three women in Kenya sit by a store cupboard talking.

Kenya

Supporting small businesses with micro-grants to reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their businesses, and provides training on best practice and innovation for them to survive.

Three women sit talking in Nepal. They are wearing facemasks and one is holding a bottle of sanitiser and an information leaflet.

Nepal

A wide-ranging response to COVID-19, from providing subsistence allowances, food relief, nutrient packages, hygiene kits and sanitary products, to advocating for an inclusive response and post-crisis recovery.

An accessibility audit is carried out.

Nigeria

Tackling COVID-19 stigma and discrimination through the media as well as conducting rapid accessibility audits of COVID-19 testing centres as well as isolation and treatment units.

A group of 12 people sit around two tables in a room in Tanzania, having a meeting. One man stands at the front with a flip chart.

Tanzania

Ensuring people with disabilities are not left behind through a COVID-19 coordination group which brings together key representatives and coordinates a disability-inclusive response to the pandemic.