Is the 4th wave coming? Author Paul Mugambi

Generally speaking, Global south national are facing triple effects of Covid. As the 3rd wave is ranging havoc, its crystal clear that prioritization of persons with disabilities should be high considered.
Several studies have affirmed that persons with disabilities are at a higher risk.
It is not yet clear even after the first and second wave why persons with disabilities have not been prioritized in the global south measures in regards to social, health and economic fronts. As a public scholar I believe that it is the right of all persons with disabilities to receive access to the available COVID-19 vaccines, in an equitable and fully accessible manner, in the location that meets their needs. Additionally, I believe that people with disabilities, as all people, should be given the right to choose when and if vaccination is appropriate.
I understand that some people with disabilities live with “high risk” conditions that make them more susceptible to either contracting the COVID-19 virus or being at severe risk of hospitalization due to COVID-19. The I also take note that underserved communities, including rural communities, slum communities and communities in economically disadvantaged areas often receive fewer COVID-19 relief resources, including vaccines. I believe that these communities deserve higher priority, both in terms of resources and access to the vaccine. While disability sausage media believes strongly that all people with disabilities should be eligible for vaccinations, I also believe that it is in line with our values as a nation to prioritize the needs of disadvantaged and “high risk” communities, even within the disability community.
I also take note of the Kenyan constitution on the social economic pillars.
KENYA COVID-19 VACCINE DISTRIBUTION PROCESS SHOULD NOT BE A PLATORM WHERE ORGANIZATIONS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES DEMAND TO BE ENGAGED WHERE US A CARING NATION WILL BE JUDGE BY THE WAY IT TREATS ITS MINORITY.
I BELIEVE A DAY WILL
COME WHEN PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES D NT JUST DEMAND BUT POLICY MAKERS ENSURE THAT THEIR GREATER CHECKBOX TENDACY IS EVOKED.
IN OTHER WORDS, POLICY MAKERS NEED TO ENSURE ALL STAGES OF PROJECT CYCLE BECOME INSLUSIVE OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES.
From the media reports Vaccine allocation and distribution seems to be a complex process.

At the national and county levels the ministry of health needs to be mindful and avail accessible ways of distribution and vaccination processes. Persons with disabilities.
Its high time the role out engaged organizations of persons with disabilities in the Covid battle.
Live no one behind should be the clarion call.

Technology accident Author Mugambi Paul:

Technology accident
Author Mugambi Paul:generally speaking accessibility is a right to all.
This seems not to be the case.
Evidently with the recent updates or for those who have either bout new toys in the market or some whose devices got crashed things seems to be different.
ramification and effects of technology during Covid 2019 is now highly being felt.
I wonder is it the challenge of the screen readers or is it the Microsoft team who have ensured that when we blind fellows are typing, we cant hear what we are doing.
This is very unfortunate since we relight on the sense of hearing.
If one has no braille device one can not know what he or she is written.
Of late this has been a challenge.
Will companies, employers find alternative to this barrier which is intended to lock out the blind?
I have tried with narrator screen reader its able to read but am yet to learn its keystrokes.
This brings me to another appeal to the screen readers developers to think of universal designs of keystrokes. Obviously, this might not sound good for business but we the blind are forced to learn many keystrokes while our sighted counterparts just easily use their eyes and other devices with ease.
I believe accessibility is an attribute while inclusive design is a methodology
If the challenge which I have presented is by screen readers of Microsoft office kindly return us to the former updates.
I feel many more blind will be locked out while typing or transacting business over the documents and internet.

COVID-19 FORGIVE US PLEASE!

To say the list COVID 19 you have devastated us from the village, lobal administration, district, regional levels.
Every sector has been impacted . We have lost relatives, friends, associates citizens and you have declared the invisible war for all of us.
Every nation of the world has been turned upside down.
Is it true you want to ensure all of us expire?
Many families are in despair, hopelessness has caved in.
We can’t meet the basic needs of life.
To the twin sisters pals of mine am still shocked by the loss of your dad. I can’t comprehend!
now even the blind community is moaning! COVID who brought you to us?
who should we run too?
systems have broken down!
Mental illnesses are on the rise!

Before COVID-19, the global health landscape was already undergoing a rapid and profound set of transitions that threaten to derail progress in health improvement. this is to say still challenges were being felt more especially for most persons with disabilities
According to article 25 of the UNCRPD the duty bearers need to ensure enhanced health and living standards are observed. There are four major, inter-linked transitions facing middle-income countries: shifts in diseases, demography, development assistance for health (DAH) and domestic health financing (the “4Ds” of global health transition). These health landscape transitions present significant opportunities and challenges for achieving universal health coverage (UHC) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Kenya. Maintaining continued health progress—and achieving an acceleration in progress—will depend on how these four critical transitions are navigated. The COVID-19 pandemic has further complicated these transitions and has shaped the trajectory for how Kenya will handle health systems challenges in the future.

views expressed are for the author and do not represent any agency
Mugambi Paul is a public policy scholar, diversity and inclusion expert.

Spying chronicles by technology author Mugambi Paul

As people shift to working from home in response to measures to stem the spread of the global coronavirus outbreak, a new security threat has reared its ugly head. Lawyers are now warning that smart speakers, such as Amazon Alexa, could be spying on them during critical meetings at home.

U.K. law firm Mishcon de Reya issued advice to staff to mute or shut down listening devices like Amazon’s Echo or Google’s voice assistant when talking about client matters at home. The firm also suggested that staff not have any such devices near their workspace.

The warning from Mishcon covers any sort of visual-enabled or voice-enabled device, such as the aforementioned smart speakers from Amazon and Google. However, Joe Hancock, who heads Mishcon de Reya’s cybersecurity efforts, said that video products such as Ring, also owned by Amazon, as well as baby monitors and even closed-circuit TV, are also a concern.

“Perhaps we’re being slightly paranoid, but we need to have a lot of trust in these organizations and these devices,” said Hancock. “We’d rather not take those risks.”

He added that the firm is worried about these devices being compromised, especially with cheap knock-off devices.

Smart speakers pose a security risk
Law firms are currently facing challenges trying to create work-from-home arrangements for specific job functions while maintaining security. Alongside confidential discussions, critical documents and communications also need to be secured. This mirrors the situation faced by banks in Wall Street, where some traders are now being asked to work from alternative locations that banks keep on standby for disaster recovery, instead of from home, to maintain confidentiality.

Smart speakers have already become notorious for activating in error and making unintended purchases, or sending snippets of audio to Amazon or Google. In fact, a report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners claims that their installed base was 76 million units and growing, which has put them under scrutiny from cybersecurity experts.

Devices can start recording even by accident
For their part, Amazon and Google claim that their devices are designed to record and store audio only after they detect a keyword to wake them up. These companies say that instances of inadvertent activation are rare. However, a recent study by Northeastern University and Imperial College London found that these can happen between 1.5 and 19 times a day.

“Anyone who has used voice assistants knows that they accidentally wake up and record when the ‘wake word’ isn’t spoken – for example, ‘seriously’ sounds like the wake word ‘Siri’ and often causes Apple’s Siri-enabled devices to start listening,” stated the study.

“There are many other anecdotal reports of everyday words in normal conversation being mistaken for wake words,” continued the report. “Our team has been conducting research to go beyond anecdotes through the use of repeatable, controlled experiments that shed light on what causes voice assistants to mistakenly wake up and record.”

Companies are listening in
One of the more concerning things about these devices is that the companies behind them are actively listening in. Last year, Amazon admitted that not only did Alexa save recorded audio, even if they were deleted, but that its employees were also actively listening in on those recordings.

“This information helps us train our speech recognition and natural language understanding systems, so Alexa can better understand your requests, and ensure the service works well for everyone,” Amazon said in a statement after the fact came to light.

“We have strict technical and operational safeguards, and have a zero tolerance policy for the abuse of our system. Employees do not have direct access to information that can identify the person or account as part of this workflow.”

Despite this, Amazon does not explicitly state in its terms and conditions that employees review customer recordings. That said, the privacy settings for Alexa does offer users the chance to opt-out of helping the firm “develop new features.”
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