Disability and rehabilitation

More than a billion people in the world today experience disability. These people generally have poorer health, lower education achievements, fewer economic opportunities and higher rates of poverty. This is largely due to the barriers they face in their everyday lives, rather than their disability. Disability is not only a public health issue, but also a human rights and development issue. WHO’s efforts to support Member States to address disability are guided by the overarching principles and approaches reflected in the WHO global disability action plan 2014-2021, the World report on disability, and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.