Don't look at the disability
in every ability, but at the ability in every disability. In any event
of a disaster, persons with disabilities are often the ones affected the
most and this bring about multiple burdens to the society in terms of
mitigation. Put them at the center of the disaster reduction process and
you have a society more prepared to cope in such an event thereby
disaster does not see the
ability or disability among the people. the risk of disaster is equal
among all people. able people can cope with the disaster rather easily
than disable people. disable people are more vulnerable to the risk of
disaster. inclusiveness of disable people will help to broaden their
knowledge in disaster risk reduction.
Important to be Human than to
be important. Disaster defines itself as non selective event. All be
in a pool of puzzle and mess. Special need or so called disability
should be considered as the most vulnerable humans and they too should
be given the same share on this living nature and earth
Disability is inhumanity and
inhumanity is disability. Every human being having different capacity
and capability, it is who we harness them and use them for the welfare
of humanity. No one like to live with physical disability, but it is a
matter nature or conditions that make them physically disable. No one
has the right to say disable to any one. we love, respect and honor the
humanity, what ever conditions they are.
We, the abled need to care
for the less privileged with love and compassion. The compilation and
collection are exemplary. I turned into a reconstructive micro surgeon
from a routine orthopaedic surgeon just by the sensitive feelings of my
patients who suffered crush wounds of fingers which were so badly
devitalized to attempt salvage. An 18 year old with crush of whole
length of this four medial fingers of his right hand defied that he
would attempt a suicide and die, if any attempt of amputation is
advised. There were instances in my medical school, when neither my
seniors or teachers believed in salvage, beyond a point of safety,
saying, " Why risk? Amputate and go to sleep." I learnt to believe that,
unless the crush poses a potential risk to life of a victim of any
crush wound, a decision to amputate can wait. training in micro surgery
has enabled me not only to resto re/replant amputations, but also
give useful function to the salvaged body parts. I thank God for the
sensibility and patience that he bestowed me with. One can appreciate my feelings and become concerned with my oral paper in Beijing " Salvage of Amputated Appendages of Extremities Improves Morale in Working Class".
Wonderful work. I have had
the privilege of collaborating with individuals with behavioral health
concerns during flood disasters, coordinating with government entities,
and assisting with both general and special needs shelters. This
population certainly needs to be a partner in planning-their rallying
cry, "Nothing about us without us"... "Persons with Disabilities" is a
very large and diverse group. I am always interested in learning more.
I am a Development Professional with major focus on Emergency & Disaster Management and have been closely working with the Government Agencies and Ngos, as it is very important to take care of people with disabilities with the scenario of disasters happening all round the globe and this type of people are greatly affected by the disasters as Emergency professionals should take special care and action plan for them
I have done PhD in
Development Studies and my further research interest is about disaster
reduction which affects and it is increasing disabilities in population
in developing countries like Pakistan. This attention is completely
suitable and timely action for future situations. Thank you.
I am PhD Student in Disaster
& Emergency Health and my research interest is about disability and
disasters. Persons with disability are not include in disaster risk
reduction plans in high developed countries such as low developed
countries. With increasing of disabled population and disasters and
humanitarian emergencies across the world, this attention is completely
suitable and timely. Thank you.
Some interesting insight with
UNESCAP, especially Chapter 2 on Scaling Up action to reduce
Vulnerability with some examples on the impacts of disasters on
vulnerable groups like people living with disability - http://www.unisdr.org/we/infor...
Voices from the field Empowered and Prepared in the Event of a Disaster
By Nazmul Bari
Rashedul was born in Boali Village, situated in the Shreepur Union of
Sundargonj sub districtof Gaibandha. At an early age he got a fever and
the absence of proper health care services in his village and his
family’s poor economic situation made him lose function in his legs.
The struggle his family had to face in the village made him move to
Dhaka to try to support the family’s income through asking for money in
the streets, though his dreams were always on finding another type of
He recalled as well the severe flood in his village in 2007 and the
inhuman conditions he had to face during the emergency period. Nobody
had thought about how to evacuate persons with mobility problems, or how
to provide them with adequate latrines and safe drinking water.
Rashedul became one of the persons that participated in the project supported by CBM and CDD, as he joined the invitation from Gana
Unnayan Kendra, the local partner implementing the project. Through
this opportunity he could return to his village as he took part of the
livelihood scheme and obtained a grant for buying a sewing machine, a
few animals and tools for doing homestead gardening.
He was also trained in disability inclusive disaster management and
received a tricycle so that he could easily move around in the village
and take part of the preparedness actions being implemented.
Acquisition of an accessible house, and inclusion in income
generating activities, has enriched Rashedul’s standard of living, and
his skills in disaster management have brought him dignity and respect.
Members of his family give a lot more importance to his needs and requirements.
When asked what the reason behind this is, he answered: “because I
am involved in productive activities now, I have a regular income, I
have a house where neighbours can take shelter during flood, I have a
vehicle (tricycle), I have knowledge on flood preparedness and as a
result I have the ability to help others.”
Nazmul Bari Director Centre for Disability in Development - Bangladesh
An example where people
living with disability can and should participate in disaster prevention
and planning! Mr. Dao is helped by rescuers to access one of the
evacuation sites. The process is monitored by Mr. Nhung, his disabled brother in Dong Phuoc village, Vietnam. Mr. Nhung is a volunteer in the village disaster management committee and participates in evacuation drills. http://www.flickr.com/photos/i...
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