***COVID-19 specific information***

Accentuation of some barriers are increasingly seen linked to COVID-19 responses. Pay specific attention to:

  • deprioritization of persons with disabilities for available health services: make sure that our emergency measures do not lead to disruption of vital social services, insurance schemes and essential medicines for persons with disabilities. Therefore, ensure our services delivery include persons with disabilities during your assessments, our distributions, and all the phases of your project management cycle.
  • increased stigmatization of  persons  with  disabilities due to inaccurate  associations  and  prejudices. For example, some people may refuse care to persons with disabilities due to fear of contracting COVID-19, or assume that persons with disabilities can not continue in their current activities or jobs and make their own decisions in relation to exposure risk. Make sure to include advocacy actions when engaging with new partnerships, and include DPO on these actions.


Barriers are obstacles which prevent people from fully participating in society. They can be environmental (which include physical barriers and communication barriers), attitudinal or institutional. Many barriers exist in our traditional, everyday environments and the emergence of a humanitarian emergency can be an opportunity to take effective and sustainable actions to break them down.