Post-Flood Situation in Pakistan: Devastation and Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities

August 26, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Post-Flood Situation in Pakistan: Devastation and Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities

New York, 26 August 2010 - In the wake of the devastating floods across Pakistan Rehabilitation International (RI), a global disability network, and its partners in Pakistan continue to be concerned over the status of persons with disabilities who are particularly vulnerable to becoming the first victims of natural disasters and calamities. It is critical that recovery and aid efforts take into account the needs, vulnerabilities, and issues facing both those who were disabled before the floods and those who have become disabled as a result of the disaster. Before the floods persons with disabilities faced challenges of poverty, wide spread discrimination, lack of adequate housing and infrastructure and little to no social services, making them one of the most vulnerable groups to the consequences of natural disasters. 

RI appeals to all organizations and governments providing emergency relief and aid to flood victims in Pakistan to not forget persons with disabilities in their efforts. RI asks that reconstruction and aid efforts include persons with disabilities and their perspectives in both development and implementation of any plans. As new emergency policies are developed they should incorporate persons with disabilities in the planning and implementation stages. We urge organizations to work with NGOs and disabled persons organizations in Pakistan to educate staff on the appropriate medical equipment, supplies, and training to address the immediate needs of persons with disabilities, and that disaster facilities and services remain accessible.

Pakistan signed the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in September 2008, which includes provisions that ensure the protection and inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian emergencies, and natural disasters, as well as other rights, such as nondiscrimination, accessibility, education, and access to justice.

 For more information or contact details of disability experts and national disabled persons organizations in Pakistan within the RI membership, please contact the RI Secretariat, at ri@riglobal.org or +1-212-420-1500.

List of RI Members in Pakistan:

RI National Secretary, Mrs. Ghazala Hameed
The Pakistan Society for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled
111, Ferozepur Road,
Lahore 16-54600, Pakistan
Tel.: +92-757-8253/757-4936        
Fax: +92-042-757-4936     
E-mail: psrd@brain.net.pk / gee_hameed@hotmail.com
Website: www.psrd.org.pk

Identity, Merge and Action - AIM
Mr. Anthony Matthew Gill
AIM Centre Main Road, Barkatpur
P.O. Box 1060
Faisalabad- 38090, Punjab, Pakistan
Tel.: +9241-854-5394         
Fax: +9241-872-0157         
E-mail: aimngo@brain.net.pk       
Web: www.aimngo.org

Orgone International        
Atiya Bstool
Allama Oqbal Open University Room-111 Block-5       
Islamabad, Pakistan           
Tel: 0092 321 6840501
Fax: 0092 51 9250078             
Email: Orgoneinternational@gmail.com

Grace Association Pakistan
Mr. Khadim Hussain
27-E, 3rd Floor, Office No. 5
Ali Plaza Fazal Haq Road Blue Area
Islamabad, Punjab, Pakistan
Tel.: +92 (51) 2529683       
Fax: +92 (51) 2829971
E-mail: grace@grace.org.pk  
Website: www.grace.org.pk
E-mail
: khadimhussain5@gmail.com    

Phych Clinic (Mental health cure)
Mr. Muhammad Javed
P265 St. 04 Ahmadabad
Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan
Tel.: +01192 41 886 1046  
Fax: +01192 41 884 5642  
E-mail: psyjaved@hotmail.com 

Al-Ahad Disable Foundation
Muhammad Ishtiaq ahmad
Pc sadar office farooqabad district Sheikhupura (pakistian)
Fraoogabad, Pakistan
Tel:92-3214921374
Fax:92-0563875591           
Email: Ahad786@live.com 

Tamir Welfare Organization
Stephen Anjum, President
P-138, Street No: 2, Mian Colony            
Faisalabad, Pakistan
Tel: 009241-8717606         
Fax: 009241-8716818        
Email: tamirorg@gmail.com 

Founded in 1922, Rehabilitation International (RI) is a diverse, global network of experts, professionals and advocates to empower persons with disabilities and provide sustainable solutions for a more inclusive and accessible society. Founded in 1922, RI has been a key player in the disability field and developed the International Symbol of Access – which has now become the most widely recognized symbol for disability worldwide. RI is currently composed of over 1,000 members and affiliated organizations in 93 nations, in all regions of the world. For more information about RI, please visit our accessible website: http://www.riglobal.org.