Helping Persons with Disabilities Stay Safe During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Helping Persons with Disabilities Stay Safe During the COVID-19 Pandemic

On August 7, 2020, First Secretary of Australian Embassy to Cambodia, Ms Sarah Leary, distributed COVID-19 protective materials to the service providers of the Physical Rehabilitation Centre (PRC) and beneficiaries in Siem Reap province, one of five PRCs under support from Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program.

Ms Sarah Leary, distributed COVID-19 protective materials to beneficiary 

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a direct impact on people’s lives due to the restrictions imposed on their movement and prolonged confinement measures. Persons with disabilities have been particularly affected since they are at a greater risk of contracting COVID-19 when accessing public health information and implementing hygiene practices, and they face difficulty in enacting social distancing as they can be dependent on their caregivers. They are also at risk of experiencing loss of income and food insecurity.

Ms Sarah Leary, distributed COVID-19 protective materials to Mr. Chuor Ratanak, Director of Persons with Disabilities Foundation (PWDF)

The personal protective equipment was provided to the service providers at the PRC as well as the beneficiaries accessing these services to mitigate the immediate risk of contracting COVID-19. The procurement of the equipment was funded by the Australian Government through the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program. Under this initiative, PRC service providers and beneficiaries were provided with 1,200 fabric masks, 35 boxes of surgical masks, 20 boxes of gloves, and 1,200 bottles of alcohol spray.

Ms. Sarah Leary, First Secretary of Australian Embassy to Cambodia expressed her admiration for the initiative and the commitment of the Government of Australia to ensure that no one is left behind during the pandemic or at any other time.

Mr. Chuor Ratanak, Director of Persons with Disabilities Foundation (PWDF) expressed his gratitude towards the Australian Government for this initiative through the ACCESS Program and ensured the effective use of the materials provided to the PRC.

Since late 2018, ACCESS has been supporting the Persons with Disabilities Foundation (PWDF) for the effective management of the PRC to ensure that persons with disabilities continue to access essential rehabilitation services even during the global pandemic.