The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the global blueprint for reducing fatalities and economic losses from disasters, recognises inclusion as a guiding principle of disaster risk reduction – DRR.
The framework acknowledges that reducing the danger of disaster requires the involvement of all members of society. It advocates for the empowerment and non-discriminatory participation of all people who are disproportionately affected by disasters. This includes people with disabilities.
As DIRAJ Member and Radio Rahma news editor – Ruth Keah reports, face masks, while effective at reducing the risk of transmission of the novel coronavirus, can also complicate daily living for people with special needs, particularly the deaf and dumb.
She explains how a local NGO in Mombasa, Kenya is using special face masks as tools of inclusive DRR.
Read her story here.