While promoting disability inclusive water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) is challenging at the best of times, environmental upheaval and floods add to this complexity, further restricting people with disabilities’ (PWD) ability to access water and sanitation. This paper describes the pilot project Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction, which integrates disaster risk and reduction (DRR) into inclusive WASH programming. Led by a local non-government organisation (NGO), this program was able to include PWD from the beginning, giving them the skills, confidence and assistive devices to support their participation in disaster preparedness planning. The project also acknowledged the need to involve the wider community. Guidance on the issues PWD face around WASH access was incorporated into existing community training on disaster risk reduction. As a result, the community jointly surveyed latrine locations, identified and installed appropriate tubewell technology, designed an accessible rescue boat and renovated homes and shelters to include accessible and flood-proofed water and sanitation infrastructure. [authors abstract]
This case study is one of sixteen from the Towards Inclusive WASH series, supported by AusAID’s Innovations Fund.
|Title||Disability inclusive flood action plan and WASH in a Bangladeshi community|
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