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A man talking into a microphone.

Tackling disability discrimination with BBC Media Action

In Bangladesh, we caught up with BBC Media Action to find out how they’re training journalists to improve how people with disabilities are portrayed in the media, and tackle negative stereotyping and perceptions.

June 2020
Thomas Mtonga sitting at his laptop.

'In the face of COVID-19, all people should be equal'

We should ask ourselves what we can do to mitigate the adverse effects suffered by people with disabilities, who have the right to enjoy life on an equal basis with others.

Sightsavers, June 2020
A man and women sat on a motorbike.

Mapping via motorbike

This husband and wife team are helping us locate and support people with disabilities in Bangladesh.

May 2020
People sit outside in small groups and listen to a trainer.

Supporting people with disabilities in India during COVID-19

Sightsavers staff around India are making sure that during the pandemic, nobody should be excluded because of disability or gender.

May 2020
A woman stands next to a man sitting in a chair. Both wear face masks.

Sightsavers launches COVID-19 disability rights petition

The Equal World COVID-19 petition was launched in response to reports from around the world of the disproportionate impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on people with disabilities.

May 2020
Woman pushing child in wheelchair

Sightsavers calls on global health leaders to stop discrimination amid COVID-19

Global health leaders have been urged to make sure people with disabilities are not discriminated against during the COVID-19 pandemic, and are able to access the healthcare they need.

May 2020
Three women communicate using sign language.

We must make the COVID-19 response inclusive for people with disabilities. Here’s how.

If you are an organisation working to support the COVID-19 pandemic response, here are our top nine tips to ensure people with disabilities are not left behind.

Andrea Pregel, May 2020
Woman pushing child in wheelchair

Guidance for including people with disabilities in responses to the COVID-19 pandemic

In the immediate- and long-term response, it is vital that all development partners take steps to strengthen health systems that are disability-inclusive.

Shikuku Obosi sits, smiling at the camera.

"We need to change the language around COVID-19."

Sightsavers’ disability inclusion adviser, Shikuku Obosi, urges journalists and government officials to use disability-friendly language when discussing COVID-19 in a new comment piece published in the media.

April 2020
A girl with deafblindness plays with her siblings.

“As a parent, to see your child happy, is as much as you can ask for.”

Sightsavers and Sense International supported 14-year-old Hellen and her family from Masindi, Uganda, by helping them communicate with each other and support themselves financially.

April 2020
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