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10 facts on disability

A patient at the Handicap International clinic in downtown Port-au-Prince, Haiti, waits to be fitted with a prosthetic leg.
UN Photo/Sophia Paris

Rehabilitation helps to maximize functioning and support independence.

In many countries rehabilitation services are inadequate. Data from four Southern African countries found that only 26–55% of people received the medical rehabilitation they needed, while only 17–37% received the assistive devices they needed (e.g. wheelchairs, prostheses, hearing aids).

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