Mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on children with disabilities in Malaysia

Immediate, medium and longer-term policy actions

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A global body of experience and evidence, including from previous pandemics and economic crises, suggests that children with disabilities and their families are being particularly adversely affected during the COVID-19 crisis. This paper draws on UNICEF’s global experience as well as recent research conducted in Malaysia to set out the key risks facing children with disabilities in Malaysia. It identifies a range of immediate, medium and longer-term measures that should be considered during key national policy and planning processes to ensure the nation recovers, rebounds and reimagines the realization of the rights of children with disabilities in Malaysia.

UNICEF Malaysia
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