Disabilities and rehabilitation

Policies: what WHO is doing

The Convention, a human rights instrument with an explicit social development dimension, reflects an underlying shift in responses to disability. Disability is defined as a mainstreaming issue to be considered in all programming, rather than a stand-alone thematic issue. No longer are people with disabilities viewed in terms of charity, medicine and care: increasingly, people with disabilities are seen as having legitimate rights to equality, justice and self-determination.

WHO in partnership with collaborating centres and partners is assisting Member States in the following ways:

Supporting the awareness and implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
WHO is disseminating information on the Convention and the Optional Protocol, working to promote understanding of the importance of the Convention and supporting Member States in implementing obligations under these instruments.

Mainstreaming the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the work of WHO
WHO has set up a Task Force to ensure that the rights of persons with disabilities are appropriately mainstreamed in WHO programs and projects and that our offices, information resources and employment opportunities are accessible.

Promoting the inclusion of disability as a component in national health policies and programmes
Sample national policies, strategies and plans of action

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