At a local, national and international level, CBM Global aims to influence governments and decision makers during the COVID-19 crisis. We are advocating that all COVID-19 response and recovery-planning and high-level dialogue, like those of the UN, include the perspectives of people with disabilities.
We’re advocating for and monitoring the inclusion of disability within the COVID-19 response and recovery investments of government donors, such as the Australian, UK, New Zealand, Irish and Swiss aid programs.
We are maximising our impact through our partners and global alliances like the International Disability and Development Consortium and International Disability Alliance where we are involved in COVID-19 campaigns on accessibility, ending discrimination and amplifying the voices of people with disabilities.
We are working with the World Blind Union to support their national members to analyse key needs, frame advocacy and utilise peer support networks accordingly.
We are capturing the experience of COVID-19 for people with disabilities to help inform future policy and advocacy through research with the UN Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities.
In collaboration with the disability movement and the World Health Organisation, and as co-chair of the IASC MHPSS reference group, we are working to support the integration of MHPSS into COVID-19 responses and the inclusion of people with psychosocial disabilities at every stage, both globally and nationally.
At the country level, advocacy with the Disability Movement is a core component of COVID-19 programs.
For example, in Bangladesh and Nepal, CBM and Disability Movement partners advocated for inclusive information and communication. The Bangladesh program is advocating for continued, safe access to critical support services, such as rehabilitation and psychological support, including through telehealth modalities. In Indonesia we supported a Disability Movement led policy brief which highlighted the risks of COVID-19 to people living in institutions and care homes.