Disabilities and rehabilitation

World report on disability

The first ever World report on disability, produced jointly by WHO and the World Bank, suggests that more than a billion people in the world today experience disability.
People with disabilities have generally poorer health, lower education achievements, fewer economic opportunities and higher rates of poverty than people without disabilities. This is largely due to the lack of services available to them and the many obstacles they face in their everyday lives. The report provides the best available evidence about what works to overcome barriers to health care, rehabilitation, education, employment, and support services, and to create the environments which will enable people with disabilities to flourish. The report ends with a concrete set of recommended actions for governments and their partners.
This pioneering World report on disability will make a significant contribution to implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. At the intersection of public health, human rights and development, the report is set to become a "must have" resource for policy-makers, service providers, professionals, and advocates for people with disabilities and their families.

Technical content

Full and summary report and separate chapters in various languages.

Multimedia

Videos

"What's disability to me" video series

Posters

"Disabling barriers: break to include" poster series

Contact

For technical enquiries

Rachel Mackenzie
Assistant
mackenzier@who.int
Tel: +41 22 79 12715

For media enquiries

Ms Laura Sminkey
Communications Officer
sminkeyl@who.int
Tel.: +41 22 791 45 47
Mob.: +41 79 249 35 20