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Coronavirus (Covid-19) - Our response

23 March 2020

Like all organisations, Coronavirus (Covid-19) is having a significant impact on our work. Our priority is to ensure that our staff are safe and to find ways of getting good safety information out to people with deafblindness and their families.

We are closely monitoring the situation and ensuring government guidance is being followed in all our countries of operation. Sadly, most Sense International offices and deafblind resource centres across the world have had to shut temporarily and our face-to-face home visits and work in schools has been put on hold.

Staff are working hard to stay in contact families and are investigating how technology can enable on-going support. We have already put out sign language / accessible videos in India, Romania and Nepal explaining Coronavirus and how to stay safe. Country teams are working out how to provide on-going educational assistance and ‘homework’ for children with deafblindness.

No-one can predict what the impact of the Coronavirus will be on those we support and on our work as a whole. But we do know that people with disabilities are often ‘left behind’.  Our efforts to raise awareness of deafblindness with Ministries of Health and Education across the world already provide a strong foundation, and we will do all we can to prevent the further marginalisation of people with deafblindness in the international response to Coronavirus.

Given the latest advice from the UK government about limiting social contact, some of our UK fundraising and awareness raising events have been postponed. If this affects you, you should have heard from us already, but if you have any questions, please contact us at info@senseinternational.org.uk.

We rely on the income from Sense International shops in the UK. The shops have had to shut, but we do sell goods online through our eBay shop. Visit our online shop to support us by buying goods online.

Our focus is on ensuring the safety of the people we support, their families and communities, as well as our staff, partners and supporters. At this extraordinary time, we thank everyone who supports us in different ways and we wish you and your loved ones good health.

If you have questions, please get in touch through info@senseinternational.org.uk.

Alison Marshall

Director of Sense International

P.S. Take a look at this accessible information on coronavirus for people in the UK. 

First published: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Last updated: Friday 6 December 2019