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Disability in Humanitarian Context: Views from affected people and field organisations

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Disability in Humanitarian Context: Views from affected people and field organisations

Date of publication: 
01 Jan 2015


Handicap International
Publication type: 
Studies, Reviews and Research

This report is based on the results of a global consultation carried out in 2015 as a contribution to the World Humanitarian Summit and is intended to better identify the changes needed for a disability-inclusive humanitarian response. A total of 769 responses were collected through 3 online surveys targeting persons with disabilities, disabled people's organisations (DPOs) and humanitarian actors. The responses show that persons with disabilities are strongly impacted when a crisis occurs: 54% of respondents with disabilities state they have experienced a direct physical impact, sometimes causing new impairments. 27% report that they have been psychologically, physically or sexually abused. Increased psychological stress and/or disorientation are other effects of the crisis for 38% of the respondents with disabilities. This consultation also confirms that persons with disabilities too often fall through the cracks of humanitarian response. Addressing these challenges is a human right imperative. It has also to do with an effective implementation of principled humanitarian aid. This ambition requires changes in policies and practices within the humanitarian community as a whole. Alliance Materials

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