Disability and rehabilitation: WHO action plan 2006-2011
An estimated 10% of the world’s population experience some form of disability or impairment1. The number of people with disabilities is increasing due to population growth, ageing, emergence of chronic diseases and medical advances that preserve and prolong life. The most common causes of impairment and disability include chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer; injuries such as those due to road traffic crashes, conflicts, falls, landmines, mental impairments, birth defects, malnutrition, HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases. These trends are creating overwhelming demands for health and rehabilitation services.