Approximately the world communities, organizations, welfares, and civil society celebrates different days globally and nationwide through conduction of seminars, walks, meetings, conferences, workshops, but building world accessible for 100 people through “Walk of Courage” has printed history and the source of such success is Pakistan the first country in the world, Alhamdulillah. What a great day was for the Pakistani nation because instead of celebrating dreams and plans they celebrated success and achievement inclusively.
On the3rd December 2020, a day for disability when people around the world were celebrating this day through words Pakistan Bait-ul- Mall and its team had made 100 people purposeful by providing them artificial limbs, braces, crutches, customized shoes, functional devices, gloves, and wheelchairs to join the “Walk of Courage”. Behind all such great efforts are their affective planning, determination, energies, and implementation skills. Such a great effort could not be executed without a sturdy and resolute planning and mindset towards such practical goals great example of promoting diversity and inclusion. Due to its scenery, it is a great and only incident in the world. I always believe in #FUTURE is Accessible and it has been proven by Pakistan Bait-ul-Mall on 3rd December.
What a panorama of pleasure was it, not merely on the faces and in the hearts of those privileged group of people and their families along with Bait-Ul- Mal team but also for the whole nation, our hearts were filled with such delight to seeing a group of people enjoying inclusion of this diversify universe created by supreme power without any discrimination and has been proven by Pakistani Government on disability day.
According to Prime Minister Vision founding of Pakistan as a state of Medina, which cared for the deprived, disadvantaged, and marginalized group of community, the government had taken steps to supply relief to the people. The government had prepared humanity accessible for 100 people of Dera Bugti Balochistan through inclusion.
Blasts, landmines, and other accidents in the region caused people to physically disable by trailing their limbs. The community became unreachable for them after the occurrence of such incidents. An Abbas Buppi managing Director of Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal with his bouncy team set and implements effectively the complete process of assembly to walk, and perform their daily life tasks and duties without any support and barrier.
The mines had been indiscriminately planted by rebel groups in many areas of the Dera Bugti and Kohlu districts, to the southeast of Quetta According to figures compiled by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), which has been monitoring human rights violations in Balochistan, there have been 121 landmines blast accidents in 2006 alone. Many civilians and security personnel have been killed, with numerous people injured. For years they were not given treatment what so ever. But that’s about to change. Pakistan is mounting day by day under this farsighted leadership.
Barriers to full inclusion and economic inclusion of persons with special needs include inaccessible physical environments and transportation, the un-availability of assistive devices and technologies, non-adapted way of communication, gaps in service delivery, and discriminatory bigotry and stigma in the public.
The state can play a critical role at the deliberate level, by developing policy and intuitional frameworks, and at the project level, through joint implementation with civil society and disabled peoples and community-based organizations to promote inclusion and accept diversity of people with disabilities.
The government is playing its vital role towards persons with disabilities by expanding opportunities and by building sustainable, inclusive communities, aligned with the institutional goals to eradicate poverty and endorse the public policy.
The state should build more outlets and resource centers in the country to lodge the needs of children and people with physical disabilities to access artificial limbs, braces, crutches, functional devices, customized shoes, and gloves to perform their role effectively being a valuable member of society.
Government has to forfeit attention towards this critical issue. These outlets are not there in Pakistan. People have to wait for hours to sit in the hospital for all such artificial and customized shoes, even after receiving the required article material is not up to the mark and rates are inaccessible for poor families. It is a long hectic process. Due to the nature of the material, it caused damage to the foot rather than facilitate him to walk accurately. It is a very serious issue. The state should play its role by collaborative planning with different concerned stakeholders for its access, awareness, quality of material, modification, availability in reach of the layman. Some organizations are already working in this field and manufacturing such material but their rates are so high.
One billion people, or 15% of the world’s population, experience some form of disability. Persons with disabilities, on average as a group, are more likely to experience adverse socioeconomics outcomes than persons without disabilities. One-fifth of the estimated global total, or between 110 million and 190 million people, experience significant disabilities.
Persons with special needs are more likely to experience adverse socioeconomic outcomes, un-accessible education, poorer health outcomes, un-accessible employment, un-accessible transport, and higher poverty rates.
As COVID-19 continues to have wide-reaching impacts across the globe, it is important to note how persons with disabilities are uniquely impacted by the pandemic, including health, education, and transport considerations.
In the area of health, many persons with disabilities have additional original health needs that make them particularly at risk to severe symptoms of COVID-19, if they contract it. Persons with disabilities may also be at increased risk of contracting COVID-19 because information about the disease, counting the symptoms and prevention, are not provided in accessible formats such as print materials in Braille, sign language in perpetration, captions, audio provision, and graphics.
Poverty may increase the risk of disability through malnutrition, inadequate access to education and health care, unsafe working conditions, a polluted environment, and be short of access to safe water and hygiene. A disability may also boost the jeopardy of poverty, through lack of employment and education opportunities, lower wages, and enlarged cost of living with a disability.
The 2030 agenda for sustainable development clearly states that disability cannot be a rationale or criteria for lack of access to development and the comprehension of human rights.