Physical Accessibility for Landmine Survivors

Posted on May 28, 2013


Victim Assistance – Monitor Briefing Paper: 

Physical Accessibility for Landmine Survivors

This paper looks at good practices within States Parties in promoting physical accessibility, while also noting where work remains to be done to realize the full potential of initial efforts.

In the past year, Monitor reporting has identified more good examples to draw from in the area of accessibility than in many previous years. Country examples are taken from Afghanistan, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Peru, Serbia, Tajikistan, and Uganda; as well as a donor approach from Australia.

Important issues of awareness-raising, standards/policies, and coordination have been highlighted within recent examples of good practices in physical accessibility.

Physical accessibility to healthcare, education, job training programs, other public services and community spaces is often seen as a first step towards broader accessibility for landmine survivors. Yet it is necessary to recognize that physical accessibility itself is reliant on many other factors and is a multidimensional issue.

Accessible school public facilities in Ethiopia.
Featured image: Parking spaces in Serbia.
Images © Loren Persi

Annexes elaborate the current situation in many states with responsibility to provide assistance, as well as the original Victim Assistance Co-chairs Recommendations for implementing accessibility under the Cartagena Action Plan.

States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions also committed to “Take immediate action to increase availability and accessibility of services also in remote and rural areas so as to remove the identified barriers and to guarantee the implementation of quality services.” Vientiane Action Plan, Action #25.

Download the full paper here.

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