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Disability, including prevention, management and rehabilitation

This World Health Assembly resolution calls on WHO to assist Member States in developing policies on disability and rehabilitation.

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About six hundred and fifty million people live with disabilities of various types, and the number is increasing due to the rise of chronic diseases, injuries, car crashes, falls, violence and other causes such as ageing. Of this total, 80% live in low-income countries; most are poor and have limited or no access to basic services, including rehabilitation facilities.

This WHA resolution calls on WHO to work towards ensuring equal opportunities and promotion of human rights for people with disabilities, especially those who are poor. The Secretariat will be requested to assist Member States in developing policies on disability which include community involvement and national rehabilitation programmes.

WHO is also requested to work to ensure early identification and treatment of those with disabilities, including the provision of assistive devices.

Another key output of the WHA resolution will be a World Report on Disability and Rehabilitation.

World Health Assembly resolution

WHA58.23 - Disability, including prevention, management and rehabilitation

WHO Secretariat Report: Disability, including prevention, management and rehabilitation

Report by the Secretariat document A58/17 [pdf 18kb]

Related links

Department of Injuries and Violence Prevention (VIP)
Health topics: disabilities
The UN Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities
International Consultation on Reviewing CBR
What is being done to improve the daily lives of people with disabilities?

PUBLICATIONS

CBR ILO/UNESCO/ WHO Joint Position Paper [pdf 1.17kb]
A strategy for rehabilitation, equalization of opportunities, poverty reduction and social inclusion of people with disabilities.

Community-Based Rehabilitation and the Health Care Referral Services: A Guide for Programme Managers [pdf 3.35kb]

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Dr Oleg Chestnov
Assistant Director-General
Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health
World Health Organization

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