Disabilities and rehabilitation

WHO celebrates International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2015

The slogan for this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities, “A Day for All” expresses how disability is about all of us. It is part of the human condition and a manifestation of diversity in our societies. How a person experiences his or her disability is influenced by cultural and societal attitudes and factors such as the ability to access health and other services. The International Day of Persons with Disabilities reflects a commitment to achieving health and well-being and ensuring the human rights of people of all abilities. This is not a commitment for today alone, or only for a minority of people, but an ongoing and collective commitment to all.

Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology (GATE)

Assistive technology is the tool, and often the first step for any next steps to ensure people with disabilities are equal beneficiaries of, and contributors to any development process. “When I get up in the morning, the first thing I look for are my eyeglasses, wheelchair, prosthesis, hearing aid etc.” a common expression from a person with disability. However, today only 5–15% (approximately 1 in 10 persons) of the population in need globally have access to assistive products and the problem is more acute in low- and middle-income countries.

The 53rd Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) approved the Global Action Plan on Disability and Rehabilitation 2014-2019 for the Region of the Americas

In 2014, the most significant event in WHO in the disability arena was the endorsement of the WHO Global Action Plan on Disability 2014-2021: Better health for all people with disability by the 67th World Health Assembly.

World’s health ministers endorse action plan to improve health for all people with disability

In an historic move, the 67th World Health Assembly adopted a resolution endorsing the WHO global disability action plan 2014–2021: Better health for all people with disability . The Action Plan will provide a major boost to WHO and governments’ efforts to enhance the quality of life of the one billion people around the world with disabilities. The Action Plan, called for by the 66th World Health Assembly one year ago, is based on the recommendations of the WHO and World Bank World report on disability and in line with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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