The need for inclusive responses to COVID-19

So much has changed dramatically in all of our daily lives and the entire world lately. At DSI, we are pivoting some of our plans and are diligently working to stay up to date on the current situation because

we are very concerned about the current situation for some of those who are most vulnerable in our world right now, and especially about people with disabilities living in low- and middle-income countries.

Here are a few of the reasons that people with disabilities in developing countries are especially vulnerable during the current COVID-19 crisis:

  • They often already lack access to basic services and support (including adequate nutrition, basic health care, and access to employment)

  • Difficult triage decisions about who is most worthy of attention and care is exacerbated by misunderstandings about disabilities and discrimination that permeates many communities

  • Some people with disabilities need to rely on others for daily assistance, a problem both in social distancing for prevention and also if their caregivers become sick

  • Strain on families and communities make it more likely they may be abandoned, orphaned, or institutionalized