Pacific Humanitarian Action


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Pacific Humanitarian Action


Make a difference and ensure the protection and safety of people with disabilities, so no one is left behind or excluded in an emergency response.

Local Partner: The Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) and members:

  • The Cook Islands Disability Council (CINDC)
  • Nuanua-O-Le-Alofa (NOLA) in Samoa
  • Naunau o’e Alamaite Tonga Association (NATA)
  • Tonga National Visual Impairment Association (TNVIA)
  • Lavame’ata’e’iloa Association in Tonga



The Pacific is at the front lines of climate change, facing increasing severity and more frequent occurrence of natural disasters, rising sea levels and other climate-related challenges. Since 1950, natural disasters have directly affected more than 3.4 million people and led to more than 1,700 reported deaths in the Pacific region, with affected countries ranking amongst the highest number of people affected per number of inhabitants.

The remoteness of many Pacific Island communities makes persons with disabilities living in such communities at higher risk of the impact of natural disasters.


The Pacific Disability Forum, the umbrella organisation of Disabled Peoples Organisations (DPO) in the Pacific Region, is supported to develop and implement a regional disability inclusive humanitarian strategy with their members in the region. With specific focus, this programme assists organisations of persons with disabilities in The Cook Islands, Samoa and Tonga to develop disability inclusive humanitarian preparedness and response strategies for their respective countries.

This programme will ensure that people with all forms of disabilities and their representative bodies are included in the planning, design, implementation and monitoring & evaluation of humanitarian action.

The long term vision of this programme is strengthened resilience of persons with disabilities and their families in disaster preparedness, response and recovery in the Pacific Region. The overall aim is that disaster preparedness, response and recovery will be inclusive and accessible for persons with disabilities.

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