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Introducing a New App to Help People With Disabilities During Emergencies
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Introducing a New App to Help People With Disabilities During Emergencies

World Humanitarian Day, celebrated on August 19th every year is an initiative by the United Nations to honor workers helping people in areas of conflict. It is a day marked to commemorate the efforts of thousands of humanitarian workers whole provide food, shelter, rescue and medical aid to people living in war zones. 

As part of its efforts to help people with disabilities, CBM has launched an app to help workers find information about how to effectively help people with disabilities who are living in dangerous places. The app, called Humanitarian Hands on Tool, works as a practical guide to aid workers to include disabled inclusive thinking in their plan of action. Its data has been compiled using years of experience of employees who have worked at the ground and faced numerous issues while helping the elders, children, people with disabilities, and pregnant women. CBM wants to distribute it to fill information gaps between workers who don't know how to properly help people with disabilities.

David Brown, a senior adviser at CBM Australia, headed the project after looking at the problems faced during the Vanuatu response. He highlights the lack of preparedness and a noninclusive evacuation system that was in place. It has been the reason for many marginalized people to be left behind.

HHOT has been developed and internally used by CBM for some time now. The organization believes that it is important to spread this information to help those who are helping others. Brown states that an app is better than carrying a manual due to its portable nature and availability on multiple devices. HHOT can also be used offline so that a lack of connectivity does not pose as a barrier for humanitarian workers.

The charity hopes that World Humanitarian Day helped spread knowledge of the application to a wider audience. It hopes to develop a larger database full of effective feedback from users all around the world. CBM seeks the support of humanitarian workers and organizations everywhere to help the application grow and ensure a more inclusive approach towards disaster management.

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