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Disability and disasters

Repeka Nasiko
Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A WORKSHOP aimed at including people with disabilities in disaster management process has begun.

Funded by Australian AID, the three-day workshop is facilitated by Fiji Disabled People's Federation and the Pacific Disability Forum.

In a statement, FDPF said its mission was to mediate an effective understanding of those with disability in times of natural disasters.

This project intends to include people with disabilities in the disaster management process so that their needs are met during and after a disaster.

Participants will be trained to advocate on the importance of including disability in the planning and processing of the disaster training, preparedness and action. The workshop in Lautoka yesterday aimed to ensure the participants develop efficient communication skills with disaster managing committees and the media.

Workshop participant, visibly-impaired Jyoti Naidu, recalled her ordeal during the March floods.

"I have learnt a lesson to be prepared all the time for natural disasters after I struggled to survive two weeks with only 10 pills instead of the usual 30 pills a week," said Ms Naidu.


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