UNICEF Ukraine encourages managers and service providers at all levels to address the needs of vulnerable groups in the context of the Covid-19 outbreak

02 April 2020

UNICEF Ukraine encourages managers and service providers  at all levels to consider the needs of vulnerable persons when responding to and addressing the social and economic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

People experiencing social disadvantage, including persons with disabilities and their families, are known to be disproportionately affected by Covid-19. They face the greatest risk of exposure, as well as increased likelihood of losing work or access to study, facing problems with psycho-social well-being or experiencing violence.  For instance, children with disabilities may be at risk of exclusion from education if distance learning programmes are not accessible.  

Therefore, managers and service providers at all levels from school directors to mayors and government officials, should develop means for responding to and addressing the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic for vulnerable groups. In particular all managers, within their competence, should identify children and adults from vulnerable groups, identify their needs and develop support plans, adapt key messages and channels of distribution, address barriers to safe  and equal access to health, social services and protection.

Managers and service providers should ensure that messages are accessible to all people with disabilities including those with visual, hearing impairment and developmental delays.

For further guidance, please refer to UNICEF’s Recommendations for the Covid-19 Response: Considerations for Children and Adults with Disabilities

Read also: Risk Communication & Community Engagement for COVID-19- Engaging with Children and Adults with Disabilities


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Nina Sorokopud
Chief of Communication
UNICEF in Ukraine


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