Since the global outbreak of COVID-19, RI President, Zhang Haidi, has been following closely on how the pandemic is affecting lives of the disabled around the world.
She cares dearly about the safety and wellbeing of all members of RI and its partner organizations during this challenging time.
President Zhang Haidi has written respectively to RI officials as well as RI member organizations in the pandemic hard-hit countries extending her well wishes to them and their families. On behalf of RI, President Zhang Haidi also conveyed our support to RI partner organizations including UN, WHO, UNPFA, Special Olympics International, International Social Security Association, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Institut Supérieur de Rééducation Psychomotrice, Fu Hong Society of Macau, Ottobock etc.
While expressing her firm support to the RI member organizations and partners in fighting the COVID -19, our President stated， “The virus knows no borders. We can overcome the pandemic only by strengthening coordination and cooperation while upholding the vision of a community with a shared future for mankind. During this uncertain and unprecedented time, we should remain steadfast in pursuit of our mission to assist and support the disability community that we jointly serve”.
RI as an international organization dedicated to inclusive development of persons with disabilities, is following closely on the pandemic and trying to help persons with disabilities struggling in the difficulties. In her statement, Madame Zhang called on the international community to prioritize the specific needs of persons with disabilities at this critical moment and take effective and comprehensive measures to guarantee their safety and wellbeing.