A Spotlight article released by the Papua New Guinea National Research Institute (PNG NRI) found that Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) are extremely vulnerable to the potential impact of COVID-19.

The author of “Potential impact of COVID-19 on persons with disabilities in Papua New Guinea” Sarah Kaut-Nasengom, who is a Research Project Officer with the PNG NRI’s Gender in PNG Research Program, highlights the potential impact of the disease in three key areas – accessibility to correct information, food security and health related issues.

She also outlines possible strategies to ensure that the Government’s plans associated with minimising the spread of COVID-19 are inclusive and free from discrimination against PWDs.

“It is important to note that the needs of PWDs cannot be clustered together and be addressed as one group. This is because different impairments or form of disability require different types of interventions, resources and services,” she said

Ms. Kaut-Nasengom reported that PWDs are a vulnerable group of people who are disadvantaged in various areas. Their challenges are further exacerbated by COVID-19.

“The Government should work together with the private sector, civil society organisations and communities to ensure PWDs receive the assistance they need during this pandemic,” she said.

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