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  • 10 December, 2022

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Global Report on Health Equity for Disables

Global Report on Health Equity for Disables

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a report titled Global report on health equity for persons with disabilities ahead of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3rd December).

What are the Report's Findings?

Statistics about Disabilities:

  • Globally, approximately 1.3 billion people, or one in every six, are currently disabled.
  • Because of systemic and persistent health inequities, many people with disabilities are at risk of dying much sooner—up to 20 years earlier—than people without disabilities.
  • Because an estimated 80% of people with disabilities live in low- and middle-income countries with limited resources, addressing these inequities is difficult.

Disabilities Pose a Risk:

  • They are twice as likely to develop chronic illnesses such as asthma, depression, diabetes, obesity, dental problems, and stroke.
  • Many disparities in health outcomes can be attributed to preventable, unfair, and unjust circumstances rather than underlying health conditions.

Some Causes of Healthcare Inequity:

  • Healthcare providers' hostile attitudes
  • Health information formats that are incomprehensible
  • Access to a health center is hampered by physical barriers, a lack of transportation, or financial constraints.

What are the suggestions?

  • It is critical to ensure that people with disabilities fully and effectively participate in all aspects of society, as well as to instill inclusion, accessibility, and non-discrimination in the medical field.
  • Health systems should be reducing, not adding to, the difficulties that people with disabilities face.
  • Ensuring health equity for people with disabilities has broader implications and can help to advance global health priorities in three ways: health equity for all is critical to achieving universal health coverage; inclusive public health interventions delivered equitably across sectors can contribute to healthier populations; and
  • Promoting health equity for people with disabilities is a critical component of all efforts to protect everyone in times of health emergency.
  • Governments, health partners, and civil society should ensure that all health sector actions include people with disabilities so that they can exercise their right to the best possible health.

What are the Initiatives for the Empowerment of the Disabled?


  • Right of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016
  • Unique Disability Identification Portal
  • Accessible India Campaign
  • DeenDayal Disabled Rehabilitation Scheme
  • Assistance to Disabled Persons for Purchase/fitting of Aids and Appliances
  • National Fellowship for Students with Disabilities.


  • Incheon Strategy to “Make the Right Real” for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific.
  • United Nations Convention on Rights of Persons with Disability.
  • International Day of Persons with Disabilities
  • UN Principles for People with Disabilities

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