** COVID-19 - special content **

Some people with disabilities may experience increased risk of contracting COVID-19 as they may have difficulties in implementing basic hygiene measures to keep the virus away. Simple tips may help you to design an inclusive hygiene program for your COVID-19 response : 

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Persons with disabilities, particularly women and girls might require specific support to manage their hygiene in a dignified and safe way.

Assessments prior to large scale distribution of non-food items (including hygiene kits) must include consultation with women with disabilities about these needs.

Few actions should be taken in order to make sure dignity, access and safety are guaranteed: 

  • Distribute intimate hygiene products directly to the person who needs them to protect people’s dignity;
  • Persons with disabilities might require additional amount of water to ensure their hygiene;
  • Latrines and washrooms require sufficient space for the person with a disability using assistive devices and/or personal assistant;
  • Ensure that latrines and washroom have locks and are well lit.