who will be the first person with a disability to take the jab?
Author Mugambi Paul
“Opinions expressed are my own
With the theme “live no one behind”
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I believe for the disability stakeholders its high time we walked the talk.
We are aware persons with disabilities are disproportionately affected by covid 2019.
This is also antiquated by the existence of chronic illnesses.
Most studies conducted last year in both development and humanitarian set ups clearly show how persons with disabilties have been greatly affected and not consulted widely on the covid 2019. [IDA 20202, LCD 2020, HI 2020, un-2020[moreover, the international disability alliance has developed great recommendations for the nations to adapt in the covid vaccine procedures.
Who among the disability top leadership will be the first to lead the vaccination processes?
Will the top honchos in the disability movement lead the process?
Or will persons with disabilities be left behind?
I take note that President Paul Kagame is the first east African president to take lead.
I challenge the global south organization of persons with disabilities and also councils of persons with disabilities to take the opportunity so that more persons with disabilities are able to get motivated and get vaccinated.
Secondly, social protection is key to unlock the potential and promote wellbeing of all persons., but due to low resources most persons with disabilties have not been targeted and thus left behind.
Social protection is a fundamental human right that is also key to realizing other economic, social and cultural rights, including the rights to food,
health and education and addressing poverty and vulnerability, promoting decent work and inclusive economic growth, and increasing resilience to shocks.
However, many persons with disabilities and rural populations, do not have access to adequate social protection.
Ass several studies affirm poverty is twin to disability ]ILO 2018 WHO 2011 would bank 2020[
with the covid 2019 most persons with disabilities have fallen in to cracks and now individuals and organizations have initiated campaigns for at list to acquire the basic need which is food to target persons with disabilities.
For instance, in Kenya on the social media there are several initiatives requesting for food donations.
Unfortunately, some parents with children with disabilities have competing needs of either food or medicate for their children with disabilities.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the large and persistent gaps in coverage, comprehensiveness and adequacy of social protection. Although the pandemic
has shown once more the critical importance of social protection for protecting lives and livelihoods, as reflected in the surge of new social protection
measures following the outbreak of the pandemic, most of the measures that have been put in place are temporary, some of them have already been phased
out and gaps in coverage remain.
To address the crisis in a more effective and lasting way and increase resilience, more permanent solutions are necessary to reinforce social protection
systems, particularly with respect to ensuring universal access to adequate social protection for all, including persons with disabilities and rural populations. Rural populations are
three times more likely to live in extreme poverty (defined as living on less than $1.9 per day) than urban populations and are more likely to be in informal
employment. Persons with disabilities and Rural populations also face higher exposure to various risks, including working poverty, malnutrition and hunger, poor health, work-related
injuries, natural disasters and climate change. It is therefore essential to accelerate efforts to extend social protection to all by building on the current
momentum, as well as previous experiences and lessons learned.
Coupled with the lack of disability covid desegregated data by ministries of health in most nations. This makes hard of any action plans or strategies to be undertaken for persons with disabilities.
Most of the time persons with disabilities are not considered. For example, last year in Kenya it took an initiative of Wanja to engage the ministry of health in Kenya in order to create platform and synergy of making the voice of persons with disabilities hard.
With the 3rd wave of covid 19 taking tall on Kenyans. Who among persons with disabilities will push the agenda?
In Uganda several initiatives were undertaken by organizations of persons with disabilties especially those persons with disabilities caught up by the cafe guidelines and also more awareness on the killings which were being perpetuated by the Ugandan police.
The lack of
Most global south nations do not have economic stimulus packages targeting persons with disabilities.
The views expressed here are for the author and do not represent any agency or organization.
Mugambi Paul is a public policy, diversity, inclusion and sustainability expert.
Australian Chief Minister Award winner
“excellence of making inclusion happen”