Paper: Making disability inclusion a reality: field experiences and learnings from humanitarian action in Rohingya Camps and Host Communities in Cox’s Bazar

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Paper authors Mohammad Monjurul Karim, Coordinator, Centre for Disability in Development (CDD) and MSc. Candidate One Health, The University of Edinburgh, Broja Gopal Saha, Deputy Director, Centre for Disability in Development (CDD)
In panel on Disability Inclusion in Humanitarian Crises: Discourse, Implementation and Evidence
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The May 2021 REACH Study reports that around 12% of the Forcibly Displaced Myanmar Nationals (FDMN) have disabilities. The Centre for Disability in Development (CDD) supported by Handicap International – Humanity & Inclusion (HI) is working to enhance services and foster inclusion for Persons with Disabilities in the Rohingya and Host Communities in Cox's Bazar. This paper demonstrates the practical approach in making disability inclusion a reality which involves tackling attitudinal barriers, offering rehabilitation services, empowering persons with disabilities, and providing technical support on disability inclusion to humanitarian actors.
Reducing barriers and improving access, CDD with HI’s technical support delivers rehabilitation services using various methods, including home-based care, mobile vans, static points within camps, integrated service units with health facilities in host communities, and Bhasan Char. Meaningful participation of persons with disabilities in service provision is a key success in promoting disability inclusion. This also provided an opportunity to empower them SHGs and individual persons with disabilities act as a vital link between CDD and others in need, connecting the m to Static Points and Rehab Hubs at Upazilla Health Complex and the 20-bed hospital in Bhasan Char.
This approach aims to boost disability inclusion at the community level by involving persons with disabilities in service provision and enhancing their capacity. Simultaneously, service recipients feel a sense of inclusion, promoting peace-building and improving social cohesion between the two communities that previously lacked access to such services.