** 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 :
- Make your communication messages accessible to all : all humanitarian aid responses must provide public health information that is accessible to people with disabilities, such as using sign language, captioning, text messages.
- Consult persons with disabilities about their difficulties to fight against COVID-19
- Adjust your hygiene kits to reflect the special needs of women with disabilities
Persons with disabilities, particularly women and girls might require specific support to manage their hygiene in a dignified and safe way.
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.