The Communication and Mediation Centre for Deaf Persons in Ecuador (COSORI) will be strengthened from June onwards thanks to the support of Bridging the Gap, so that it can be available 24 hours a day to meet the high demand for this service caused by the COVID-19 health crisis.
After the adaptation of the easy-to-read COVID-19 Prevention Guidelines produced by the organisation Chosen Power (People First Hong Kong) into Amharic and Somali, a total of 2,500 copies have been printed and distributed among the offices of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MoLSA) in Ethiopia so that they can be disseminated from there to all the persons who may need them.
In the framework of Bridging the Gap's COVID-19 contingency plan in Burkina Faso, 1000 washable and reusable masks were delivered to the project's partners' organisations of persons with disabilities on 13 May at an event held at the premises of the National Multisectoral Council for the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (COMUD/Handicap) in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
Bridging the Gap is looking for two people to provide technical assistance to the implementation of the project in Paraguay: one on the accessibility of websites and training in web accessibility and the other for the development of a monitoring methodology for the public policy of response to the health emergency caused by the COVID-19 in persons with disabilities.
On 28 April, Bridging the Gap held the webinar ‘The Unsteady Path – Towards Meaningful Participation of Organisations of Persons with Disabilities’ to share the results of its latest study and the knowledge generated around the concept of “meaningful participation” of the Organisations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs), analyse the barriers and challenges they face to fully achieve engagement in decision-making processes at State level, as well as the role of international cooperation in this process.
Bridging the Gap is looking for a person to provide technical and administrative assistance to the technical coordination of the project in Paraguay under the operational direction of the Technical Cooperation Office (TCO) of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) in the country.
Bridging the Gap keeps working both at the global and the country level to ensure the inclusion of persons with disabilities in public policies to prevent and contain this pandemic. At a global level, and as part of the project's knowledge management strategy, we are monitoring and disseminating through the different communication channels of the project the main resources of interest related to COVID-19 and disability.
On 30 March Bridging the Gap held a webinar to analyse how public procurement has been and can be made compliant to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The inputs collected in this session will be incorporated into the final version of the project guidance note to provide information and indications on how to carry out inclusive procurement.
The government of Paraguay has launched an accessible communication service to inform persons with disabilities about COVID-19. The quick implementation of this service has been possible thanks to the contribution of Bridging the Gap in the country.
In the current situation of the global health crisis due to COVID-19, from Bridging the Gap we would like to emphasize the higher risk faced by persons with disabilities or chronic illnesses, especially in low and middle-income countries.