While many countries have started taking action to improve the lives of people with disabilities, much remains to be done. The evidence in the World report on disability suggests that many of the barriers people with disabilities face are avoidable and that disadvantages associated with disability can be overcome. The report calls on governments to review and revise existing legislation and policies for consistency with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and to develop national disability strategies and action plans.
What WHO is doing
WHO, along with WHO Collaborating Centres and other partners, is assisting Member States in the following ways:
- supporting the awareness and implementation of CRPD;
- mainstreaming the rights of people with disabilities in the work of WHO;
- promoting the inclusion of disability and rehabilitation as a component in national health policies and programmes.