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MOU 'good step forward'

Torika Tokalau
Sunday, December 15, 2013

THE Fiji Red Cross Society has signed a four-year Memorandum of Understanding with the Fiji Disabled People's Federation to assist people with disabilities during and after disasters.

Commenting on the historic signing on Friday, FDPF president Rakesh Chand said the MOU was something that needed to be done a long time ago.

"Fiji is especially prone to natural disasters and people with disabilities too are affected.

"This MOU is a good step forward for all of us," he said.

"It is also inspiring to see that volunteers will get trained so they can provide the appropriate services and guidance to people with disabilities not just during natural disasters but disasters in general."

FRCS director general Filipe Nainoca said the mainstreaming of meeting the needs of people living with disabilities during disasters could not have come at an appropriate time with Fiji now in its cyclone season.

"These special vulnerabilities were not a focus for FRCS before but it will be a focus now and our volunteers will be trained to maintain, support and move people living with disabilities to places they can be safe," he said.