Disabilities and rehabilitation

WHO begins online consultation on the disability action plan

As part of the process of developing an action plan to ensure better health for people with disabilities, WHO has launched an online consultation process until 11 October 2013. The draft action plan is available on WHO's website in Chinese, English, French, German, Spanish and Russian with Arabic coming soon. The draft action plan will also be available in international sign language.

The online consultation is open to everyone interested in improving health outcomes for people with disabilities. People with disabilities, disabled peoples' organizations (DPOs) and civil society organizations (CSOs) are particularly encouraged to submit their views on the draft plan, as are international development agencies and professional organizations and service providers involved in the delivery of rehabilitation services.

WHO is organizing a series of global and regional consultations on the draft plan during the third quarter of 2013 with Member States, CSOs, DPOs, international agencies and other partners to gather input for the content. A zero draft of the plan was shared with key DPOs, CSOs and United Nations agencies during the 6th Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Based on this extensive consultation process, the draft WHO action plan will be revised before being submitted to the WHO Executive Board, to be discussed at its 134th session in January 2014 in preparation for consideration and approval by Member States at the 67th World Health Assembly in May 2014.

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