COVID-19 Emergency Assistance: Sanitation Goods Supply Underway for Disability Organizations

March 30th, 2020

On March 28th and 29th, AAR Japan carried out a survey on necessary support and issues faced by people with disabilities amid the COVID-19 crisis. The survey was conducted among disability support organizations in Japan including the Japan Disability Forum (JDF) and the Japan Council on Disability (JD).

The survey finds that disability organizations and care centers have acute needs for masks and sanitizers, as they only have limited access to government supplies even though these goods are as essential to them as to medical facilities. The shortage of hygrine supplies is also pointed out as an issue that needs urgent attention in JDF’s request to the government.
In light of these findings, AAR Japan is preparing to supply sanitary items such as masks, disinfectants and gloves to disability support organizations. AAR Japan has been working on finding a viable procurement method since masks are currently very hard to come by nationwide. At the same time, AAR Japan also plans to provide ventilators, suction aspirators, disinfectants for medical equipment and other medical kits that are required depending on the types of disabilities.
The spread of the outbreak is making us all anxious. Please look after your health and safety above all else. If you can, we would like to ask for your kind support to overcome this global crisis together.

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Emergency Assistance in Response to the COVID-19 Outbreak – Request for Donations

 March 26th, 2020

As the impact of COVID-19 pandemic spreads, AAR Japan has started a scoping survey with a view to providing emergency assistance.

In Japan, AAR Japan has received requests for assistance from disability support organizations to address the current shortage of personal hygiene goods. Persons with disabilities often have underlying health conditions, and many of them are finding it difficult to visit stores and buy hygiene products even though these are basic necessities. There are also concerns about the lack of information, with voices calling for more accurate and reliable information.
AAR Japan is working on ways to support the supply of hygiene products as well as information outreach in close cooperation with our partners and network that have been built over the years including the Japan Council on Disability (JD).

Our overseas offices have also seen a rising need for support in tackling the COVID-19 crises. In countries such as Pakistan with its fragile medical system, Turkey where many Syrian refugees have fled to, or Italy with its rapidly increasing number of critically ill infected patients, AAR Japan is carrying out fact-finding inquiries in order to help supply hygiene goods as well as to raise public health awareness through measures such as the provision of hand washing instructions.

AAR Japan has always endeavored to provide field-based support for those who are left behind in disaster or conflict-stricken areas. We will continue these efforts through our actions to tackle the current crisis.
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Information Gathering and Assistance Start in Turkey, Pakistan and Japan (updated on March 26h)

In Turkey where AAR Japan has been active with a Syrian refugees assistance program, COVID-19 infection cases reached 3,629 (Source: Turkish Ministry of Health, as of March 26th) and the government has issued a request for people to stay home. In response to this situation, AAR Japan started to provide information for refugees by phone or via social media about disease prevention and what to do in cases of suspected infection. We also plan to launch support measures for refugees including the provision of masks and sanitizers, and helping with rent payments.
COVID-19 is also spreading in Pakistan where 1,235 people have been reported as infected (Source: Government of Pakistan, as of March 27th). AAR Japan has started to gather information from local schools where they run hygiene improvement programs on toilet facilities and wells, so as to provide effective support to those schools by launching sanitation awareness campaigns such as teaching pupils how to wash hands, and helping with the supply of soaps, sanitizers and other hygiene products.

In Japan, AAR Japan is arranging for the provision of sanitation goods to people with disabilities and to those for whom it is extremely difficult to obtain these necessities. Disability support organizations have expressed concerns about the lack of access to disability-friendly computer devices at home as more people are being encouraged to work from home, which impedes communication and collaboration with their members or with other organizations. Some have also pointed out limited access to information on infection prevention and related policy measures, as information and policies from the government are not available on media that are accessible to people with different types of disabilities. AAR Japan, in cooperation with disability support organizations, is exploring possible ways to address these problems through such efforts as helping to organize suitable home working environments.

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Tajikistan: Inclusive Education Project (3rd Phase) in Hissar City begins

In Tajikistan, the conventional view that “children with disabilities should receive their education at specially established boarding schools” is deeply rooted.  Coupled with existing discrimination and prejudice against disabilities, many children with disabilities have no choice but to stay home, deprived of opportunities to go to even a school for special needs.

In response, since 2014, AAR Japan’s Tajikistan Office has been pursuing the inclusive education project (Note) which aims to improve the learning environment for children with disabilities by establishing schools that meet the various needs of children, including those with disabilities. For the first three years, the project was conducted in the capital city of Dushanbe. Since 2017 it has been implemented in the city of Hissar, 25 kilometres west of the capital, where it is said that there is a higher concentration of children with disabilities than in surrounding areas. 

Note:  Inclusive education is education accessible to all children regardless of disabilities (with or without), race and language, carried out through appropriate classrooms, learning facilities and educational frameworks.

School teachers participating in a group activity at the teacher training seminar.