UN agencies launch initiative to support disabled amid crises in Lebanon

Source: Xinhua| 2020-10-14 23:48:46|Editor: huaxia

BEIRUT, Oct. 14 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) launched on Wednesday a new initiative to support persons with disabilities and reduce their exposure to more dangers due to Lebanon's manifold crises.

The Initiative to Support Persons with Disabilities in Lebanon will cater for the target people's most pressing need for assistive technologies to maintain health and well-being.

The Beirut Call for Action, launched under the initiative, will mobilize a wide partnership to ensure that areas affected by the Beirut port's blasts should be reconstructed in a manner that improves access of the disabled to streets and public and private facilities, according to a statement.

"We have an opportunity to ensure that reconstruction removes barriers to physical accessibility and recovery processes engage all vulnerable groups, listening to their views and focusing on improving their livelihoods," said Celine Moyroud, UNDP resident representative in Lebanon.

Lebanon has been suffering from a dwindling economy and a persistent outbreak of COVID-19, exacerbated by the recent several huge explosions that rocked the Port of Beirut and the whole country. Enditem