The Executive Coordinator of the Vanuatu Society for People with Disability (VSDP) Elison Bovu, said the new Database system that was launched recently will be capturing vital medical information for a person with disability.

He explained that when the fieldworkers collect information from individuals with disabilities, they will be assessing their needs.

For instance, if someone has vision problems, the fieldworker will arrange for a medical certificate from the Eye Clinic to certify the issue.

If individuals with disabilities have other medical concerns, those will also be noted and attached to their files in the database system. Basic medical reports will now be stored along with other essential information, a significant improvement from the past when such details were often overlooked.

Mr. Bovu noted the long-standing need for proper data on people with disabilities. This database aims to address that need by providing accurate information on their locations, conditions, and specific needs.

This will facilitate better services in health, education, and other areas.

Previously, information on people with disabilities was gathered through one-off surveys or visits to specific places, but it was not organised systematically.

According to Mr. Bovu, the challenge now is to ensure that the database is continuously updated with information on the people living with disability across the country.

This database includes important details like name, location, age, sex, and clinical diagnosis, accessible to essential services and ministries. Fieldworkers will use gadgets like tablets or mobile phones to collect data, making the process more efficient.

This information will prove invaluable during natural disasters, eliminating the need to locate people with disabilities in affected areas.

The VSDP is grateful for the support received from the government and development partners in launching this pioneering database system in the Pacific region.

By ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and launching this database system, Vanuatu celebrates a significant achievement.

It signifies a commitment to improving services for people with disabilities, ensuring that they are not overlooked during censuses or in times of crisis.

The Executive Coordinator said service providers will access this database for planning purposes only.

He said Vanuatu can take pride in being the first in the Pacific to own such a comprehensive database for people with disabilities.

It reflects the government’s dedication to leaving no one behind, making Vanuatu a leader in disability support in the region.