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.

Why Kenya doesn’t deserve another Mathare Mental hospital! Author: Paul Mugambi

In 2017, the CRPD Committee adopted general comment No. 5 on Article 19 on living independently and being included in the community, which clearly stated the obligation of States Parties to adopt a plan for deinstitutionalization, including the closure of current institutions and not to build new ones. Yet, without quality community services and support for parents, institutions are seen to provide better care than children with disabilities would receive at home.
By drawing on the experiences of parents, advocates, NGOs, and public officials, this is due to the November pronouncement by Kenya that it has budgeted for a new modern mental health institution instead of strengthening families. In the latest Kenyan escapades, the duty bearers are ensuring that persons with psycosocial disabilities do not access community empowerment activities by pushing the agenda of institutionalization!
Is this what organizations of persons with disabilities in Kenya want?
Are these the thoughts of care giver of persons with intellectual and psycosocial disabilities?
Has the current Mathare hospital served its purpose and now we want a modern and larger institution?
It’s not just enough to take back the gains of the individuals, advocates and care givers of persons with disabilities.!
Let’s meet on disability sausage YouTube channel as we up pack why community related solutions are more beneficial than the idea of institutionalization of persons with psychosocial disabilities.
They are individuals with rights and deserve the best.
Defending the rights of the already marginalized groups with a sector is not an easy ride.
We need to have a debate!

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”