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World report on disability

December 11, 2010

The World report on disability will be launched on 9 June 2011. Mandated by the World Health Assembly Resolution 58.23, and jointly published by WHO and the World Bank, the World report summarizes the best available scientific evidence on disability and makes recommendations for action to support the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006)…

The World report on disability addresses the need for better research and data on disability. It will include the first update of WHO’s disability prevalence estimates for more than thirty years. The Report also explores evidence about discrimination and barriers, identifies needs and provides an analysis of what works to improve the lives of people with disabilities in the areas of health, rehabilitation, support services, information, infrastructure, transportation, education and employment.

To read the complete article, please click the following link: en

In this connection, I would like to share with you the email sent to me last week by Noriko Saito of JICA incidentally forwarded to her by McLeod-MacKenzie, Rachel Zaria <mackenzier@who.int>:

“On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December, preparations begin for the launch of the World Report on Disability on 9 June 2011 in Geneva.  This major report, published jointly with the World Bank, provides evidence on the current situation of people with disabilities, and identifies ways of removing barriers to the participation of people with disabilities in their communities.

We want to hear from people with disabilities about what can be done to overcome barriers. To start the debate, we asked Faustina Urassa, a woman with disabilities from Tanzania, “What’s disability to you?”

See what she told us at http://on.fb.me/fX1iN8 or at the World Report website, http://www.who.int/disabilities/world_report.

Sign up at the World Health Organization Facebook page to join the debate and receive regular updates on the global and country launches of the World Report.  Facebook will be our main channel for disability dialogue.  In the months ahead, we will post three more films, featuring women with disabilities from Lebanon, United Kingdom, and Bolivia.

In the run up to the launch, we welcome your photographs, stories and short films on the theme “This is disability to me.” Please share the news with your disability community, and ask them to join ours.

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