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IDS Policy Briefing 175

Taking a Disability-Inclusive Approach to Pandemic Responses

Published on 25 March 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected communities globally, yet the impact has not been equal.

People with disabilities were already often living with severe disadvantage and marginalisation and, as predicted by many disability-focused agencies, Covid-19 has exacerbated these inequalities. Emerging evidence from Inclusive Futures, a UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)-funded programme, highlights the catastrophic emotional and material impacts on people with disabilities in Nepal and Bangladesh. To respond to and plan for future crises, decision makers should consult inclusively with both organisations of people with disabilities and people with disabilities themselves.

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Wickenden, M.; Thompson, S.; Rohwerder, B. and Shaw, J. (2021) 'Taking a Disability-Inclusive Approach to Pandemic Responses', IDS Policy Briefing 175, Brighton: Institute of Development Studies, DOI: 10.19088/IDS.2021.027

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Mary Wickenden

Research Fellow

Image of Stephen Thompson

Stephen Thompson

Research Fellow

Image of Brigitte Rohwerder

Brigitte Rohwerder

Research Officer

Image of Jackie Shaw

Jackie Shaw

Research Fellow

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published by
Institute of Development Studies
doi
10.19088/IDS.2021.027
issn
1479-974X
language
English

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