Experiences of persons with disabilities in health emergencies and humanitarian crises
According to the World Health Organization, 15% of the world's population lives with a disability. Persons with disabilities face a range of attitudinal, physical and communication barriers when accessing healthcare during health emergencies and humanitarian crises.They are often excluded from accessing and receiving everyday healthcare services.
The brutal changes in environment induced by the occurrence of a humanitarian crisis often place persons with disabilities in a situation of increased vulnerability. Due to lack of access to healthcare and rehabilitation, persons with disabilities see their health status worsening, risking complications and additional permanent impairments or reduced functional ability.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development clearly states that disability cannot be a reason or criteria for lack of access to development programming and the realization of human rights. The SDGs framework includes seven targets, which explicitly refer to persons with disabilities. According to persons with disabilities, the main actor providing assistance remains the family. Beyond the family, international nongovernmental organizations, DPOs, local non-governmental organizations are considered the main actors providing assistance to persons with disabilities.Chopped by