Covid 2019 seems to be living with us without any gesture of disappearing soon.
A larger population of the low- and middle-income individuals are highly been impacted by the Corona episodes.
For example, most individuals in the global south survive in the informal economies which have been shut down due to the measures taken by the government.
Some of the social protection measure undertaken have not covered most of the population.
Persons with disabilities who were marginalized even before the disaster stroke are even feeling the triple jeopardy.
Imagine person with disability without employment, not able to access medication and also being discriminated by the social distancing regulations and not being able to move up and down.
More over the cost o exclusion of persons with disabilities is much higher than we think.
Its high time global south nations took advantage and promoted disability inclusion as a major agenda across its corridors f powers.
According to WHO persons with disabilities make up approximately 15 % of the population.
It is prudent or nations to undertake measure which will at list support the livelihoods or survival o its citizens.
Internet services should become a human right issue and its high time nations legislated this parameter.
In technology according to research 2020 persons with disabilities and more so the Blind use the internet more than the rest of the population.
Mobile companies in the global south in my opinion should consider lowering the cost of internet usage for persons with disabilities and other marginalized population who live in the low and middle classes.
This is to say, with technology the companies can be able to map out geographically where these individuals live and be able to offer low-cost internet services.
In the past some of the mobile companies had experimented low calling rages for university student and this enable more data usage.
I believe there is a possibility of this and governments can offer incentives to the companies.
With this undertaking many low- and middle-income earners will be able to access opportunism and also contribute to the social welfare of their families.
As covid measure continue through this availability internet it will also promote citizen engagement and participation in economic, social, culture spheres of lie.
Most individuals can be able to make referrals and also promote their crats.
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Mugambi Paul is a public policy, diversity, inclusion and sustainability expert.
Australian Chief Minister Award winner
“excellence of making inclusion happen”