NDF launched donation drive for persons with disabilities during COVID- 19

KARACHI: NDF launched donation drive for persons with disabilities during COVID- 19


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NDF released statement on situation of persons with disabilities during COVID-19

Covid-19 lockdown is taking too much of people with disabilities in Pakistan: NDF

Hyderabad- 9 April 2020: The National Disability and Development Forum (NDF) lamented that if Covid19 lockdown persisted in the country two more weeks, it would severely affect estimated 27 million people with disabilities (PWDs) who are the most marginalized, deprived and vulnerable section in the country.

The NDF said that the federal and provincial governments did not have inclusive emergency response policy and mechanism in the current lockdown situation. Thus, PWDs especially people with down syndrome, are entirely ignored and under-representative. The NDF said the federal and provincial governments had announced measures to address the deteriorating conditions in the country. Still, these did not mention a single world to support PWDs who are the most vulnerable as compared to any other marginalized group in the country. These people are entirely depended on other people for every matter in their routine lives and this current situation.

The NDF said among persons with disabilities, various categories of people, especially children, require special attention, treatment, trainings and gears to live just normal life. The NDF added that the vast majority of people having an issue with their hearing, they could not wear the mask because they need to read and understand the movement of lips. Therefore, in the country, there are no any measures, training and useful material support to help these people. also, many people without upper limbs cannot wash their hands and body parts and they cannot wear protective masks. They are facing the most challenging time in their lives. The NDF said that the governments have transferred their ration and funds transfer responsibilities to non-government organizations, which did not have resources to reach and support every PWD. The NDF said that from across the country PWDs have called the NDF office and complained about no support extended by the governments and local authorities. The NDF said that governments should consult and engage those organizations which directly involved with PWDs for extending support to such people. These should revise their emergency and response plans to include PWD and protect the rights of such people. The NDF said that it did not have resources to help needy PWDs, but it had tried to help some of them with the help of NGOs like Hashoo Foundation, but such supports need to be more extensive to protect persons with disabilities in risk and threat that are emanating from the current situation.



Hashoo Foundation in collaboration of NDF distributes Emergency Food packages in Nawabshah

 NAWABSHAH: (04th April 2020) Hashoo Foundation in collaboration of National Disability & Development Forum (NDF) distributed emergency food packages among 100 persons with disabilities in Nawabshah. The representative of Hashoo Foundation told in press statement that Lockdown in the Pakistan badly hit daily living due to Coronavirus epidemic. All walks of life disturbed but the vulnerable community especially persons with disabilities are the most miserable in current difficult scenario. He told that Hashoo Foundation believes “No one left behind” in current diificult time, people with disabilities are also under priority during Emergency Response on COVID-19. The foundation has launched drive of emergency food package distribution for persons with disabilities in local Disabled people Organization National Disability & development Forum (NDF) collaboration in Nawabshah. During first phase 100 families were provide ration bags, soon next will be started in Nawabshah & other parts of Sindh. Mr. Abid Lashari CEO NDF told that People with disabilities are suffered lot during current scenario. The Government should introduce Disability Inclusive emergency response of persons with disabilities. As we are aware that people with disabilities, including people with Down syndrome, are at higher risk of being impacted by this situation and less likely to be included in response plans. It is important that commitments to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are upheld at this time to ensure that the COVID-19 response is disability inclusive. Sindh Government should consult Disabled People Organization should be consulted to prepare inclusive plan to beat the Coronavirus, he added.




HBL Foundation, Karachi donated 2.000 million to NDF Rehab Center, Nawabshah

HBL Foundation, Karachi donated 2.000 million to NDF Rehab Center, Nawabshah. HBL acknowledged the services of NDF Rehab Center, assured to support future endeavors. NDF highly acknowledged social responsibility of HBL Bank limited, supported from its CSR initiatives.

NDF in collaboration of SRSO & HelpAge International organised Policy Dialogue on Rights of Older Persons with Disabilities

Senior citizens rights should be protected at all levels. Syed Qassim Naveed Qamar. Karachi : 13 ; December. Special Assistant to CM Sindh on Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities Syed Qassim Naveed Qamar has said that in all societies senior citizens are given due respect and rights and our religion Islam has bestowed much rights to elderly and differently abled people, and being a Muslim and member of civilized society we should pay due respect and give rights to senior citizens and differently abled people. This he said as a chief guest here in a seminar, arranged by Sindh Rural Support Organization (SRSO)  with collaboration of HelpAge International and National Disability & Development Forum, on Policy Dialogue for the Immediate Implementation of Sindh Senior Citizens Welfare Act 2014 & Rules of Business on Sindh Disability Act 2018, to raise the demand of implementation of the Act in its real spirit, here at a local hotel on Friday. On this occasion Former Additional Chief Secretary Ishaq Lashari, MPA Marvi Rashidi, Additional Secretary Social Welfare Abu Bakr Madni, Director DEPD Ghulam Nabi Nizamani, Abid Lashari President NDF Nawabshah and others were also present. He added, ‘ No doubt, there are certain laws to protect the rights of senior citizens/differently abled people, but there is also a need to implement them in letter and spirit’. Special Assistant to CM Sindh on Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities Syed Qassim Naveed Qamar said that Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities Sindh had continuously been working for the welfare of the differently abled people, the relevant department should take Initiatives to protect the rights of senior citizens as well. He was sure that if all stakeholders, working for the cause, worked together, then they could better results.