Inclusive participation of persons with disabilities in health risk management – Guatemala

In 2020-2021, Guatemala was not just coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, the country was also experiencing the devastating long-lasting effects of hurricanes ETA and IOTA.  

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the invisibility of People with Disabilities (PWDs), the widening exclusion gaps, and exacerbated the lack of an inclusive approach in health emergency response.  An indicator of this situation is that many essential health services offered during an emergency are not accessible to PWDs. As a result, PWDs are two to four times more likely to die in an emergency situation. Around 15% of the world's population lives with a disability, in the Americas, 9.44% of the population has a disability. In Guatemala, 10.38% of PWDs live in conditions of poverty or extreme poverty.