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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