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CDEMA: Executive Director message on the International Day for Disaster Reduction 13 October 2013

Recalling the recent experience in the region with the catastrophic earthquake which occurred in Haiti leaving an estimated 200,000 with long-term disabilities as a result of injuries, the Executive Director of CDEMA highlighted the necessity for greater efforts for adequately adressing the needs of disabled persons. He also noted that existing disaster management programmes often focus on the visually and hearing impaired, but that they give inadequate attention to the physically and mentally challenged.

He presented CDEMA's commitment to take an active part in the discussions and efforts in the region related to improve the resilience of persons with disabilities; re-emphasised the importance of the engagement of persons living with disabilities in efforts to ensure the safety of our communities in emergency situations; and called for these efforts to run the full range including appropriate legislation, review of planning and consultation processes, retrofitting of infrastructure, and public awareness mechanisms.

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Keywords

  • Themes:Governance, Media, Structural Safety, Vulnerable Populations
  • Hazards:Earthquake
  • Countries/Regions:Americas, Haiti

  • Short URL:http://preventionweb.net/go/35109

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