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Disability-inclusive DRR guideline, mobile app in the offing

Representational image: People with disabilities
Representational image: People with disabilities

Kathmandu, September 6

A project has announced developing a disaster risk reduction guideline, a handbook, and a mobile app, targeting people living with disabilities.

As a preparation, Atullya Foundation, in association with USAID’s Tayar Nepal, on Monday organised a virtual inception workshop on Public Safety for Persons with Disability (PSPD).

On the occasion, Pallav Pant, the foundation’s chairperson, announced his organisation would develop a guideline, a handbook, and a mobile app targeting the PWDs especially those who are hearing impaired so as to enable them to contact the first responders.

He also highlighted the need to prepare DRR materials for PWDs for their safety.

Referring to the World Health Organisation (WHO), he stated that PWDs are three times vulnerable during a disaster so they should be kept in priority at all levels.

Other participants from the government and non-government sectors stressed the need to develop a holistic approach to address the issues of PWDs in DRRM. They stated that the disaster risk mitigation approach is mostly being implemented without proper coordination with the concerned stakeholders currently.

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