Health Works endorses Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action

Health Works has recently joined over 70 stakeholders from States, UN agencies, the international civil society community and global, regional and national organizations of persons with disabilities that have endorsed the Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action. The Charter has been developed in advance of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul in May 2016.

By endorsing this Charter, we, as an organization, commit to render humanitarian action inclusive of persons with disabilities; by lifting barriers persons with disabilities are facing in accessing relief, protection and recovery support and to ensure their participation in the development, planning and implementation of humanitarian programs.

Our commitment and commitment of colleague stakeholders is based on 5 pillars:

  • Non-discrimination
  • Participation
  • Inclusive policy
  • Inclusive response and services
  • Cooperation & coordination

Health Works will be focusing on one or several pillars in the near future to make our programs more accessible; moving from policies to practices, to influence policies or to be able to collect disaggregated data on exclusion, lack of access, gaps and needs in our areas of intervention.

Furthermore, the Charter also includes a commitment to develop guidelines on the inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action. The Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC) has established a Task Team for a period of two years (January 2017 – December 2018) to develop IASC Guidelines on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action.

Health Works is an active Task Team member and will support the development of the guidelines by sharing its knowledge and expertise in mental health and psychosocial support.

Become an inclusive organization yourself, and join Health Works and 70+ other stakeholders worldwide! Endorsing the Charter here.

More information on the development of the IASC Guidelines can be found here.