COVID-19 Tag

CBM Leads Disability Inclusive Response During Global Pandemic CBM’s Inclusion Advisory Group partner with the disability movement to influence organisations, institutions and systems to realise the rights of persons with disabilities and work for a more inclusive world. 2020 was our busiest year yet, shifting our efforts in the midst of a global pandemic to focus...

Challenging stigma around mental illness in the midst of Covid-19One of the most challenging barriers to building inclusive communities can be tackling stigma attached to mental illness. In the advent of Covid-19, people experiencing existing mental health concerns have faced further stigma when trying to access health services, receive medication, or support networks. Lockdowns have...

Matti's Story: Inclusive Education During the COVID-19 Crisis It's that time of the year again in Australia – back to school. Last year’s lockdowns saw home schooling become the ‘new normal,’ highlighting a stronger appreciation for our access to education here in Australia.Receiving an education is one of the primary ways people living in poor communities...

Finding the positive in the Covid-19 landscape: A story of hope from IndonesiaAs the Covid-19 pandemic escalated around the world, the World Health Organisation issued a sobering report noting the risk that people with disability faced in protecting themselves from contracting the virus. Over the last 12 months, these challenges have also extended to protecting...

Combating the stereotypes: COVID-19 response in Nepal Sarita Lamichhane (pictured centre), Gender Equality and Social Inclusion expert of Support Activities of Poor Producers of Nepal (SAPPROS) Nepal“Persons with disabilities are usually looked at as passive receivers of humanitarian aid during disasters. Being a visually impaired woman, I strive to change these attitudes on a daily basis.”Sarita...

World Humanitarian Day: Making Humanitarian Action Inclusive At time of crisis, people with disabilities are often among the worst affected and the last to receive help. They may not hear about the best ways to protect themselves or be able to reach help. They may struggle to access essentials like clean water and food – and...

Preventing the transmission of COVID-19 remains for now one of the best methods of combating the virus. CBM has been involved in curbing the spread of COVID-19 through the distribution of prevention kits to the communities we work with in Cameroon, in West Africa. These prevention kits include sanitation products like soaps, buckets and face...

Responding to COVID-19 in Indonesia In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic one way in which CBM has been working in Indonesia is to build initiatives that will assist people who might otherwise struggle during this time. One of these initiatives was through a partnership with a social crowdfunding platform. One of the campaigns on this...

In lower-income countries, the repercussions of COVID-19 will place additional strain on health services, leaving many people more vulnerable.  CBM Australia has sought to assist and strengthen health systems and community infrastructure to ensure people with disabilities in India can meet their continuing and additional needs in a time of uncertainty caused by COVID-19.By mobilising...

29/05/2020CBM Australia welcomes Australia’s international COVID-19 response, though warns that ambition without investment will leave people with disabilities further behind. The Australian Government today released its Partnerships for Recovery COVID-19 development strategy, and made tangible commitments to prioritising the inclusion of people with disabilities and women and girls. CBM Australia – Australia’s largest international development organisation...

LATEST REPORT FROM THE FIELD  HYGIENE CRISIS: SOAP IS LIKE GOLD DUST NOWHere in Australia we’re well used to the public health advice on washing our hands to break the COVID-19 cycle. But simple hand soap is a luxury item for millions of people living in poverty. So rare that many people are having to use...

I write to you from Dhaka the capital of Bangladesh asking you please to help us now, today. Our situation is desperate. If I had to use just one word to describe the atmosphere in this city at the moment, it would be “fear”.Everyone is afraid. Especially the poor, who live in vast slums, and...

Advocating to governments to improve their policies and programs so they are more disability inclusive, CBM Australia works hard to ensure that wherever people living with disabilities are, they are not left behind. Erly, CBM programme manager in the Philippines, highlights the precarious position of people living with disabilities during the pandemic, and the critical...

In light of the devastating COVID-19 pandemic, CBM Australia’s projects have temporarily changed focus to provide immediate assistance to those in need. In the Philippines, a community project initially designed to prepare persons with disabilities and their communities for natural disasters such as typhoons has now adapted to prepare for new and ongoing challenges. Prior...

During global pandemics such as the Ebola crisis in West Africa, and now the COVID-19 crisis, people living with disabilities can experience reduced agency and independence with changes in routines and support.“I am a person with disability. I am independent and I like socialising. But the situation now is challenging. Public transport, including the ride-hailing...

As we practice social distancing and self-isolation in order to limit the spread of COVID-19, many churches have radically adapted the ways that they operate. Church services are being live-streamed and small groups are meeting online.How can churches ensure they are inclusive of people with disabilities as we connect in these new ways?In 1 Corinthians...

In addition to civil unrest, the loss of lives and significant population displacement, the Northwest region of Cameroon is also bracing for the impact of COVID-19, but with so many displaced people, the task of flattening the curve has been made that much harder. “I have been preventing the virus by washing my hands with...

Please join in quiet contemplation as I pray.Dear God, Our hearts are deeply concerned for communities, people with disabilities and their families, for partner organisations, their staff and leaders facing the pandemic and we want to learn from their grace and perseverance.We bring them to you today. We trust in your goodness, mercy and compassion....

As lockdowns come into effect around the globe, CBM Australia remains in close contact with our overseas partners and country offices to monitor the impact COVID-19 lockdowns are having on the communities we work with.“India’s Coronavirus lockdown has left huge numbers of people stranded and hungry. You may have heard in the news that the...

To protect their staff and do their part to #flattenthecurve the CBM Nepal Country office staff have all been working from home. Rita oversees the mental health projects for Nepal – an area that only grows in importance as daily life and access to essential services are impacted by COVID-19.Nepal shares borders with India and...

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, we are glad to report CBM Australia was able to assist in the delivery of assistive devices to nearly 100 children living with disabilities in the Oromia region of Ethiopia, before the crisis hit.Over the last six months devices including wheelchairs, crutches, visual aids, spectacles and hearing aids were distributed by...

As the COVID-19 crisis continues to unfold, CBM remains committed to amplifying the voice of people with disabilities who are increasingly vulnerable to the impacts of COVID-19.Despite government support, there are concerns for people living with disabilities: “There is no regular work,” writes our CBM Philippines Field Coordinator, Evelyn. She agrees that for many people...

CBM Australia has been concerned for the health of our partners and projects in light of the recent health crisis, and we are maintaining close contact. Most offices are closed and staff, like Mai from our Vietnam office, are working from home, in close phone contact with our partners as they work to develop local...

“All of our partners have excellent skills in community mobilisation and disability inclusion and are well connected to the communities they have been working with as well as local health providers. Together we will work to maintain these relationships throughout this crisis and ensure those most vulnerable are not left behind,” states our Indonesia Country...

As the COVID19 crisis continues to unfold, CBM offices everywhere are working hard to contain the crisis. “The situation in India is also not so good but the government has taken precautionary measures and imposed total lockdown across India. Some of the States have imposed a curfew for the safety of the public,” writes our...

CBM is supporting the call of Australian church leaders for Christians to pray together, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that is gripping the world.Christians are encouraged to set their alarms to pray for 19 minutes at 1900 hours (7pm) each day, no matter what their time zone.“We believe prayer changes things,” says Nathan Brown,...