Global report on health equity for persons with disabilities

The WHO Global report on health equity for persons with disabilities:

  • brings health equity for persons with disabilities to the attention of decision-makers in the health sector;
  • documents the evidence on health inequities faced by persons with disabilities, and the contributing factors; and,
  • makes evidence-based recommendations for country-level actions to address these gaps.

An estimated 1.3 billion people globally experience significant disability.
This figure has grown over the last decade and will continue to rise due to
demographic and epidemiological changes, underscoring the urgency for action.
Over a decade ago, WHO and the World Bank published the first World Report
on Disability. Substantial progress has since been made in many countries,
yet many people with disabilities are still being left behind. Due to persistent
health inequities, they die earlier, they have poorer health and functioning, and
they are more affected by health emergencies than the general population.


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