20 Jun 2017

Nicaragua is committed to the inclusion of people with disabilities in risk management

The National System for the Prevention, Mitigation and Attention to Disasters (SINAPRED), has developed important efforts in recent years for the inclusion of people with disabilities.

On June 20, Javier López, Alma Baltodano and David López, representatives of the Cabinet of People with Disabilities and members of the board of the Federation of Associations of People with Disabilities (FECONORI) met with Dr. Guillermo González, Minister Director of SINAPRED, to continue promoting the processes for the necessary inclusion of people with disabilities in disaster risk management, emphasizing the participation of grassroots organizations.

Both parties recognize that raising awareness about inclusion is a long process. In this sense, the willingness and presence of tools and guides for inclusion are basic elements that are already opening doors for inclusive plans at all levels and for another series of measures that incorporate people with disabilities as protagonists in risk management and not from a welfare approach.

During the meeting with the Minister Director of SINAPRED, the collaboration already carried out between FECONORI organizations and the television program "Nicaragua linda y segura", produced by SINAPRED, which is broadcast every Saturday at 4:00 p.m. on Nicaragua's Channel 6, was also discussed.  Future cooperation on this programme, both on inclusive content and on sign language interpretation, is another topic of the meeting.

Alberto Gómez of ASB, coordinator of the project: "Inclusion of people with disabilities and older adults in disaster risk reduction in Central America" (2016-2019) also participated in the meeting.

As agreements of the meeting should be highlighted the following:

  • A commission of associations of persons with disabilities will be formed to work with SINAPRED in reviewing documents for the inclusion of the disability approach, including the draft of the new SINAPRED law (Law 337).
  • The organizations of people with disabilities will be counted on to develop training processes and for SINAPRED programs in the media.
  • Given the importance of the participation of people with disabilities, the next national simulation in September 2017 is proposed as a suitable occasion to involve organizations throughout the country.
  • Dr. Guillermo González will assign specific officials from SINAPRED as liaisons with the organizations of people with disabilities for the development of these commitments.