Disabilities and rehabilitation

Statements on World report on disability


Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General

The report provides the foremost global assessment of disability to date, and it does so using the latest scientific evidence on this complex subject. The report gives the world the first new prevalence estimates since the 1970s. The new estimates now tell us that more than one billion people experience some form of disability.


Ms Tamar Manuelyan Atinc, Vice President for Human Development, World Bank

With more than one billion people worldwide living with some form of disability, it is vital that we enable them to live to their full potential, with access to health, education, employment, and other essential services, to empower them to participate fully in the mainstream of their communities.


Dr Agnes Binagwaho, Minister of Health, Rwanda

We recognize that people with disabilities face particular barriers - problems of attitudes, problems of poverty, problems of accessible transport and communications. Disability is not just a health issue; it is a development and human rights issue. From the perspective of health ministries, policy must address the barriers faced by people with disabilities in accessing general health care which can be removed or minimized.


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