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When You Are Elderly or Disabled in a Humanitarian Crisis

Gordon Rattray From CBM International launches the Charter on Inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action and appends his signature
One Commonality between the elderly and those with a disability is vulnerability and especially in Situations where there is a humanitarian crisis.According to the 2011 World Report on Disability by the
World Health Organisation/World Bank, there are an estimated 1 billion persons
with disabilities worldwide. This is about 15% of the world’s population.
Globally, one in eight people are over the age of 60.
By 2050, the number of older people is expected to increase to two billion, or
more than one fifth of the global population.In conflicts and natural disasters, the risk of acquiring
disability increases due to injuries, poor health care and failure to manage
non-communicable diseases among other causes.
Older people and people with
disabilities, therefore, make up a significant and growing proportion of
disaster-affected populations, yet they continue to face neglect in disaster
preparedness as well as disaster response. It is against this backdrop that the organisers of the The Humanitarian Partnership Conference (HPC) decided on the theme of the conference which was:Disability and Age Inclusion in
Humanitarian Practice: Scaling up inclusive practices toward the achievement of
Agenda 2030.
The conference brought together Humanitarian practitioners, academia, disability and age champions in Africa and the world over who deliberated on how disability and age can be included in Humanitarian Practice towards the achievement of agenda 2030.It was also an information sharing platform on the best practices and challenges those in humanitarian work face.A major highlight of the conference was the launch of the Charter on Inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action.This charter was officially launched by SG Ban Ki Moon in May at the World Humanitarian Summit in Turkey.
Lucy A Sign Language Interpreter 
Additional Information
The Humanitarian Partnership Conference (HPC) is an annual
conference championed by the Humanitarian Learning and Partnerships (HLP) sub
group under the Inter Agency Working Group on Disaster Preparedness for East
& Central Africa (IAWG). The IAWG was established following discussions
during the OCHA Regional Contingency Planning exercise in June 2002. It was
formed to enhance information sharing for humanitarian workers in the larger
East and Central African region.Follow them on Twitter @IAWGAfrica

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