June 8, 2020:
The number of COVID-19 infected patients has been rising day by day in Nepal and the complete lockdown has been imposed to stop transmission of the disease. Forward Looking should obey the government to stop transmission of the disease from one person to another. In this situation, the government needs to care about the disabled population more than in normal times. Restrictions on mobility during quarantine are having a disproportionate effect on persons with disabilities. Similarly, restrictions on mobility are also affecting access to the carers and personal assistants and increasing the risk of infection.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a serious threat to persons with disabilities within marginalized communities around the world including Nepal. There has been limited attention or no attention regarding the need for persons with disabilities. Persons with disabilities have limited assess during the normal situation. However, the pandemic made more limited to them and no proper attention by the authorized agencies as well as their family also. In this situation, Forward Looking has tried to help the persons with disabilities who have difficulties because of the lockdown.
COVID-19 pandemic has spread all over the world and no one is separate from the pandemic situation. Though, persons with disabilities are more affected by this situation. Relief packages provided by local government in Nepal has excluded peoples with disabilities from marginalized groups. The relief package for persons with disabilities looks insufficient. The other people who are strong can get relief package than the persons with disabilities. They need more responses. In this pandemic situation, Forward Looking, with the financial support of Felm under EPP program, has distributed relief assistance items to the needy persons with disabilities in Dhading, Kaski, Kailali, and Banke districts. Food and sanitation items were included in the relief; those were 25 kg of rice, 2 kg of pulses, 2 liters of oil, 2 kg of salt, soap, Colgate, and other items were distributed to the needy people with disabilities. The relief items were distributed with the coordination of local disability-related organizations, persons with disabilities, local community leaders, and local government from those districts.