Thursday, March 26, 2020

PAHO/WHO held a webinar to present the Recommendations for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the response to COVID-19. Among invited participants were Member states, Civil Society Organizations of persons with disabilities, PAHO Staff Public health, entities working on COVID-19.

On 30 January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of a novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), due to the speed and scale of transmission. WHO and public health authorities around the world are taking action to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. Certain populations, such as those with disability, may be impacted more significantly by COVID-19. This impact can be mitigated if appropriate actions and protective measures are taken by key stakeholders.

Objective(s) of the meeting: 

To contribute to the inclusion and protection of persons with disabilities and their families in the response to COVID-19.

Brief synthesis of the topics: 

Presentation: The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies - German Parodi

Presentation: Disability considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak - Antony Duttine

Related document: Disability considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak

Speakers. Brief summary of the curriculum: 
  • German Parodi, Co-Exective Director of the Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies and UNDRR Focal Point for Persons with Disabilities in the América’s
  • Antony Duttine, Regional Advisor on Disabilities and Rehabilitation
inclusion and protection, persons with disabilities, response to COVID-19
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