Southern Africa Federation of the Disabled (SAFOD)

CDPF Statement & Principles on COVID-19

CDPF Statement & Principles on COVID-19



March 2020




Commonwealth Disabled People’s Forum (CDPF)


On 30th March 2020, the Commonwealth Disabled People’s Forum (CDPF) published a list of principles and statement to Governments to help ensure that persons with disabilities throughout the Commonwealth are not disadvantaged and have their needs met. In the light of the current pandemic and its disproportionate impact on people with disabilities, the CDPF, which represents Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) in 46 countries of the Commonwealth,developed specific recommendations for policy makers, through discussion with its members, and based on CDPF’s current work and priorities. The recommendations aim to address the range of risks people with disabilities face. CDPF reckons that persons with disabilities face the same risks as the rest of the population, compounded by many other issues as follows: disruption of services and support; in some cases pre-existing health conditions, which leave them more at risk of developing serious illness or dying; being excluded from health information and mainstream health provision; living in an inaccessible world where barriers to goods and services are everywhere; being disproportionately more likely to live in institutional settings or being homeless.


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