Covid 19 is real. Information must be accessible to all including those with hearing impairment.

Regina Afanwi Young
Posted June 2, 2020 from Cameroon

When the corona virus pandemic started we watched it on TV and wept for those who lost their lives and affected families. Then it became uncontrolable. There have been massive sensitisation on all medias on this deadly virus. Good job to all those who have been doing their best to see that this virus is prevented. But then I became even more worried and sad because I situated myself in the place of persons with hearing impairment who could not have access to these beautiful messages. Then I decided it was time to do something about it in my community.

I trained one of my girls with hearing impairment and she was able to produce a video in Sign language. 

Secondly I also interpreted some videos myself and dramas.

I created a WhatsApp forum for these persons with hearing impairment where we could constandly share the videos so they get the messages.

To add a variety we also share picture messages on the virus. This has created a great impact as deaf persons even out of my region have asked to be included so they are not lost about any development on the pandemic.

Social distancing which is one of the major ways to prevent the spread of covid 19/ is always very difficult as mist of the time you need yo touch them to call their attention especially if you are coming from behind and therefore we always try to promote and enhance hygiene as a better option. It is based on this that we recently share face mask , sanitisers and liquid soap to some 32 persons with hearing impairment. Thanks to the socioeconomic empowerment for persons with disabilities of the Cameroon Baptist convention for the unmeasurable support.

I am also part of a team working with the Bamenda regional hospital which is the main hospital that cater for covid 19 in the NorthWest region of Cameroon on covid 19 . Our goal is to advocate for proper services for persons with disabilities incase they need services at the hospital. My role was to give proposals on proper services for persons with hearing impairment.

Am do proud of my world pulse sisters of the medical field who are at the front line doing their best to safe lives. Rest assured you are all in our thoughts and prayers. I love you all my world pulse sisters.

In sisterhood, Regina

 

 

 

This story was submitted in response to Dispatches from the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Ana Lozano
Jun 02
Jun 02

Regina,
The work that you're doing is not only wonderful but crucial, especially in these difficult times where access to information is a lifeline. Not that many people take into account the importance of inclusion and accessibility, much less take action on it. But you're going way beyond and actually dedicating your life to create a world where absolutely no one is left out. You are really amazing. Thank you!

Regina Afanwi Young
Jun 04
Jun 04

Thanks Ana for such motivation. I am highly humbled

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Jun 02
Jun 02

Bravo!

Regina Afanwi Young
Jun 04
Jun 04

Thanks a million Ana

Hello, my beloved Regina,

How thoughtful of you to create ways to inform those who have hearing impairments about safety measures in facing this pandemic. You are amazing! I’m proud of you! Keep up this important work. Please update us more.

Please stay safe, too!

Regina Afanwi Young
Jun 04
Jun 04

Thanks so much Karen. Am glad I can impact people's life. Thanks for always encouraging me.

You're welcome, dear. It's my pleasure to be encouraging you. Keep your light shining!

Dawn Arteaga
Jun 03
Jun 03

Wow what an incredible story. You are doing amazing work for your community! Congratulations!

Regina Afanwi Young
Jun 04
Jun 04

Thanks a lot Dawn for such words of encouragement

Tamarack Verrall
Jun 03
Jun 03

Hi Regina,
What an important message for us all to be aware of the need to find solutions to the particular needs of people with hearing impairment and/or different disabilities. How great that there is a new WhatsApp group now sharing information visually. All the best with your work.

Regina Afanwi Young
Jun 04
Jun 04

Thanks Tamarack for such motivation. So glad I am part of this sisterhood.

jessg411
Jun 04
Jun 04

Dear Regina-
Thank you for sharing and making sure a vulnerable population is getting life saving and critical information. Keep up the brilliant work.
Stay safe,
Jess

Regina Afanwi Young
Jun 07
Jun 07

Thanks Jessg411 dear for motivation. Hope you and your family ate safe

Oluwatoyin Olabisi
Jun 07
Jun 07

I salute your courage to reach out to persons with disabilities in these difficult times. Is it possible to suggest to media houses to devise a means of reaching out to persons with disabilities maybe for example having an interpreter during hourly news. Please follow me back

Regina Afanwi Young
Jun 07
Jun 07

Thanks a million dear Oluwatoyin for those words of encouragement. Yes dear we have been doing a lot of advocacy on radio and TV on that. Thanks and stay dear

Kabahenda
Jun 11
Jun 11

My dear Regina,

Thank you so much for sharing your story which tells us a lot about the COVID-19 situation in Cameroun.

I also want to thank you for the initiatives that you took on behalf of hearing-impaired. People like you are amazing! A blessing to people with disabilities because they tend to be overlooked at times like these.

What you are doing is important for your country and I am very proud of you. More power to you. Keep it up.

Regina Afanwi Young
Jun 12
Jun 12

I am highly humbled Kabahenda dear. Thanks so much for these kind words. Glad to connect with you