The International Disability Alliance (IDA) and International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC) members have submitted a written statement to be considered during the Seventy-third of the World Health Assembly taking place in Geneva.

"Together, we are monitoring the impact of #COVID19 on persons with disabilities and using this evidence to strengthen the COVID-19 response and recovery.... We are deeply concerned about protocols and practices attaching less value to lives and wellbeing of persons with disabilities including triage protocols and practice."

Together they call on governments, health providers, United Nations agencies, and all actors to ensure:

  • Any policy, program, action or omission amounting to direct or indirect discrimination in accessing health care is prohibited, ended and remedied immediately;
  • Communication on the COVID-19 outbreak, prevention measures and services, is truthful and provided in accessible formats reaching to all including girls, boys, women and men with disabilities;
  • Essential health services, including rehabilitation, psychosocial support and interpretation services in medical centers, are adapted to prevent the spread of the virus and continue to operate."

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