Persons with disabilities remain a commonly “invisible” left behind population group, and their vulnerability and marginalisation is much more accentuated in times of emergency and pandemics. UNESCO recognises that the impact of the COVID-19 globally has resulted in unprecedented challenges affecting countries and all persons globally. While numerous efforts have been made to urgently share information to all people, there is limited and in other cases, no information being produced in accessible formats for persons with disabilities. This therefore contradicts the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) that calls on States Parties to take “all necessary measures to ensure the protection and safety of persons with disabilities in situations of risk” (art.11).
In this context, UNESCO in partnership with Leonard Cheshire Disability Zimbabwe took active steps to ensure the rights of persons with disabilities to access reliable information and communication on the pandemic are realised.
This video communicates, in English and sign language what COVID-19 is, and how the virus that causes the disease can spread from one person to another.
This video informs persons with disabilities about what they should do when they have COVID-19 symptoms. It communicates the entry points in seeking healthcare services that persons with disabilities should consider. It also gives advice on self-isolation, social distancing and personal hygiene.