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Inclusion in the time of pandemic

Tools and resources to support an inclusive preparation and response
to the COVID-19 emergency

In this hospital where the first positive swab of a Covid-19 case was recorded in Italy, for a week Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has been offering support to health workers to help them fight the epidemic safely. Carlotta, coordinator of the MSF project, with the collaboration of an nurse from the hospital hygiene service, with the help of the head of the radiology service, is securing the examination room. Photo by Lisa Veran/MSF.

What can MSF do for an inclusive preparation to the COVID-19 response?

A message to our projects from the TIC Project on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in MSF 

An inclusive approach during the prevention and response to the COVID-19 pandemic intends to limit the risk of exclusion from awareness messages and access to healthcare for the groups that are often the most invisible, neglected or discriminated against.

Older people and persons with disabilities are among the most vulnerable and will be particularly affected by COVID-19. While the importance of a stronger patient-focus and community approach has been growing in the movement, some key actions can make a difference, namely:

- During sensitization and information campaigns, always think two ways of communication: audio and visual – sound and text.

- Particularly in the preparation phase, contact organizations representative of persons with disabilities to discuss how to best use them as communication channels towards their groups and how to best include the needs of persons with disabilities. This also naturally applies to other groups and minorities at risk of being forgotten in the prevention and in the response.

Organizations representative of persons with disabilities

A growing database of key organizations representative of persons with disabilities in countries
and regions where MSF intervenes. For an efficient collaboration in the field, and to enhance proximity to the communities we serve, we strongly encourage our projects and missions to map and contact local organizations.

AfricaAFUB -  The African Union of the Blind Amoda,
Interim Executive Director

AngolaANCAA - The Angolan National Association
of the Blind and Partially Sighted
-Venceslau Francisco Mujinga,

Salvador António,
General Secretary

+ 244 924260935 ,
+ 244 923259553
+ 244 912757012 or 222775361

CambodiaABC - Association of the Blind in Cambodia

- Mr Boun Mao ,
Executive Director

LaosLAB - Lao Association of the Blind Tounalom,

+85 621414949

MozambiqueACAMO - The Mozambican Association
of the Blind and Partially Sightedérgio Miguel da Conceição,
Raul Sitoe ,
Secretary General

Felizardo Sabão,

Amelia Senguaio ,
Administrator ,
+258 848260015
+258 23313651

MozambiqueFAMOD - The Mozambican Forum
of Disabled People's Organisations
(an umbrella organisation) Ponja,
+258 21419304

NepalEye Health Project Nepal

-Mr Hari Sharan Bista,
Project Manager

NepalNepal Association of the Blind

www.nabnepal.orgMr Nar Bahadur Limbu ,

WorldWorld Blind Union - the internationally recognized organization representing the 253 million blind
and partially sighted persons in 190 member countries
www.worldblindunion.orgFor the list
of members,
click here

For detailed contact information,
consult the list of members

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Video in International Sign

Produced by the Mill Neck Family of Organizations, based on the message sent out by UNICEF. A useful resource for COVID-19 sensitization campaigns towards the deaf and hard of hearing.