According to the World Health Organisation, 15% of the world’s population lives with a disability, including 93 million children1 . In the context of emergencies, field experience indicates that persons with disabilities are too often neglected in the contingency planning, assessment, design, and delivery of humanitarian relief. Emergency situations such as conflicts or natural disasters can also generate an increased number of people who experience disability owing to new injuries, a lack of quality medical care, or the collapse of essential services. INTRODUCTION © Brice Blondel/Handicap International – September 2012 – Nepal – Kanchanpur. Ensuring inclusion of persons with disabilities during emergency response must be considered a core component of principled and effective humanitarian action. It is based not only on the humanitarian principles of humanity2 and impartiality3, but also on the human rights principles of equity and non-discrimination4. Deliberate action from the humanitarian community is required to make sure that the crisis-affected people most at risk have access to the basic aid and specific services essential for their survival, protection, and recovery

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