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Cyclone Gita Disability Inclusive Situational Analysis launched this morning

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa ,3/08/2018

The Naunau ‘Alamaite Tonga Association this morning launched the report Tropical Cyclone Gita: Disability Inclusive Situational Analysis, Tonga, in collaboration with the Pacific Disability Forum, Christian Blind Mission, and Tonga National Visual Impairment Association.

The survey and the report were funded by the New Zealand Government and the report was presented to the NZ Deputy High Commissioner to Tonga Elena Procuta.

“This report reflects the day to day challenges that people with disabilities have in Tonga which are compounded by the impacts of Cyclone Gita. The challenges of social inclusion, access to education, livelihood opportunities and safe housing, and water and sanitation facilities. This report provides in-depth information, building on initial rapid assessment by the safety and protection cluster which identifies barriers of to inclusion within humanitarian action,” Procuta said.

This is the first such survey and report to be conducted here in Tonga and Rhema Misa, who handles resources for the Pacific Disability Forum here in Tonga, says this is a milestone achievement for the disability advocates here in the Kingdom.

The report highlighted the inconsistence in the care for people living with disability especially in times of a disaster as displayed following Cyclone Gita.

Misa hopes this report will pave a way for further development in this area in the future.

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