NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
There is need for African governments and humanitarian
actors to give special attention to the plight of older
and disabled persons who bear the brunt of natural and
man-made disasters, experts said on Wednesday.
during the launch of a charter on inclusion of older and
disabled persons in humanitarian action in Nairobi, the
experts urged governments and multilateral agencies to
roll out strategic interventions that shield this
vulnerable demographic from disasters.
Mishra, the regional director of the HelpAge
International, said policy, legislative and funding
incentives are crucial to ensure any disaster response
places the aging and disabled population at the central
and disabled persons must be supported to access
humanitarian response in line with the core principles
of humanity and impartiality,” Mishra said.
Humanitarian Summit held in Istanbul in May adopted a
charter that called for greater inclusion of older and
disabled persons in conflict and natural disaster
there is a consensus among governments and humanitarian
actors on the need to initiate disaster mitigation and
adaptation strategies that are sensitive to the needs of
County Director for the international charity, Christian
Aid, Dr John Kituyi said a new policy dialogue was an
imperative to advance the welfare of older and disabled
African population trapped in conflicts and natural
change and the refugee crises have disproportionately
impacted on the aging and disabled population in Africa.
As a result, they are living in squalid conditions that
have worsened trauma,” Kituyi said.
African states to implement continental and global
instruments that advance the welfare of the aging and