Since Covid-19 was declared a global pandemic in March 2020, Humanity & Inclusion has assisted more than 2 million people in 46 countries as of December 2020. Read this report detailing Humanity & Inclusion's global response to the pandemic.
While the first guidance note by the inclusive governance unit focuses primarily on the moment of the outbreak and emergency responses, this note anticipates to examine conditions of governance after the outbreak and how HI interventions could look like to further mitigate or event prevent negative effects of the outbreak. It is already clear that the long-term socio-economic impacts will affect persons with disabilities disproportionately, so proactivity is necessary as from now. It aims to enable global reflection while respecting that situations differ according to the national context of an HI country of intervention.
As of now, the response to the COVID-19 crisis has been mainly national. High income countries facing the health crisis on their territory have so far limited consideration for the global impact, especially the impact of the crisis on developing countries with limited resources and fragile health systems. Download Humanity & Inclusion's policy paper which includes a summary of our main concerns and recommendations for an inclusive response to COVID-19.
People with disabilities are widely being left out of COVID-19 responses around the world and are facing additional stigma and discrimination when trying to access services. There is a global cry for data collection and advocacy around the inclusion of persons with disabilities. Humanity & Inclusion is committed to the “nothing about us without us” approach which places persons with disabilities, through their representative organizations, at the center of the change toward an inclusive COVID-19 response. Read and/or download Humanity & Inclusion's Inclusive Governance Guidance Note on COVID-19.
Inclusive Education Guidance Notes on COVID-19
Humanity & Inclusion's inclusive education team published a new series of briefs that have been developed by the inclusive education sector to support our projects during the COVID-19 crisis, and throughout the recovery phase. The guidance notes cover the following topic areas:
- Inclusive Digital Learning – Read and/or download Humanity & Inclusion's Guidance Note on Inclusive Digital Learning and COVID-19.
- Home Support – Read and/or download Humanity & Inclusion's Guidance Note on Home Support and COVID-19.
Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction, Inclusive Humanitarian Action and Protection Against Violence Recommendations on COVID response
The coronavirus outbreak is impacting populations all over the world. As of March 21, 185 Countries, areas or territories have confirmed contamination, some are countries already in crisis due to conflicts, natural disasters, and climate change. The impact on fragile contexts and conflict settings and wider humanitarian systems will be complex. People with disabilities are at an increased risk in the pandemic and women and girls with and without disabilities are also likely to face higher risks of exposure, and violence. Humanity & Inclusion's teams are working to protect the most vulnerable.