Mawlamyine, May (8 )

More than a year after the coup and COVID-19 outbreak, almost everyone with disabilities lost their jobs due to the closure of businesses, the activists told Than Lwin Times.

According to research, 15% of the country’s people with disabilities are working in various sectors.

People with disabilities who have been laid off are now struggling to make ends meet due to a lack of steady source of income.

“When the economy slows down, those with disabilities are the first to be laid off. Disabled women are more likely than men to be laid off. Lack of income has a significant socioeconomic impact.

They cannot afford medical treatment if not feeling well. And they couldn’t work because they couldn’t seek medical help. They’re stuck in the loop like that,” the activist said.

Currently, people with disabilities who are unemployed are in desperate need of help as their lives get more challenging.

People with disabilities are facing more health and mental health issues due to job scarcity, and the relevant organizations should help as soon as possible, according to sources who support people with disabilities.

According to the 2019 by-census, people with disabilities account for 12.8 percent of the population.

News – Than Lwin Times

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