PIN’s disability-inclusive response to the COVID-19 crisis

PIN’s disability-inclusive response to the COVID-19 crisis

May 8, 2020

In the light of the COVID-19 pandemic and with the aim to support a disability-inclusive response to the crisis, People in Need (PIN) has recently launched a new project with the support of SlovakAid.

On the 6th of May 2020, Dion Battersby, PIN Country Director, and Zuzana Palosova, a representative of the Slovak Embassy, gathered in Tbilisi for the delivery of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Agency for State Care and Assistance For the (Statutory) Victims of Human Trafficking. The PPE is destined to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 among residents and staff of Boarding Houses of People with Disabilities, a collective that is at high risk during this pandemic. In coordination with PIN,  The Agency for State Care and Assistance For the (Statutory) Victims of Human Trafficking will distribute the PPE to 178 residents and 182 staff of 3 State Institutions in Dzevri, Dusheti, and Martkopi.

The provision of PPE is not only essential to reinforce preventive measures to promote health, hygiene and protection against COVID-19 but also in order to ensure that no one is left behind during this pandemic. With this project, People in Need hopes to add to the fight of marginalization of people with disabilities, whose needs often remain invisible.

This donation from SlovakAid enables us to support the work of the Agency for State Care and Assistance For the (Statutory) Victims of Human Trafficking as they care for some of the most vulnerable groups in Georgia. Experience from Europe shows that residents of institutions are among the most affected by Covid-19, and highlights once again the importance of the ongoing deinstitutionalisation process.

Dion Battersby, People in Need Country Director.

By providing the protective equipment, PIN has joined efforts with the Government of Georgia to help deliver an inclusive response to manage the pandemic and minimize the spread of the disease.

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Author: Ramaz Chichinadze, Communication Officer