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Disabled community calls for more help during COVID-19

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Cambodian Disabled People's Organisation workshop at Phnom Penh Hotel. They are concerned about their livelihood during COVID-19. KT/Tep Sony

Disabled people, and NGOs supporting them, have appealed to the government for more assistance during COVID-19.

 

The Cambodian Disabled People’s Organization (CDPO) held a meeting with officials and disabled people on Thursday to discuss their challenges and look for solutions to their problems.

 

Chhor Bonaroath, a programme coordinator of CDPO, said that since the COVID-19 pandemic, the disabled community has faced financial challenges as a result of losing their jobs and family members migrating to find work, leaving them without support.

 

“Ordinary people have faced challenges during COVID-19 with many people losing their income. Disabled people have also had to deal with these challenges, as well as their own personal struggles as a result of their disability,” he said.

 

However, he said that the government does offer social protection and provisions, but you need an IDPoor card. “As some disabled people do not have an IDPoor card, today’s meeting is an opportunity for them to raise their concerns with us.

 

The NGOs will cooperate with officials to get more people set up in the social protection system,” he said.

 

Keo Ouly, Director of the Identification of Poor Households from the Ministry of Planning, has said disabled people without an IDPoor card who think that they are eligible for one should apply with officials.

 

“Our officials will determine if they are eligible for the IDPoor card, to receive the government cash implemented during COVID-19,” he said.

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