18 June 2011

World report on disability 2011

  • 15% of the world's population lives with some form of disability
  • Of these 2-4% experience significant difficulties in functioning
  • Global disability prevalence is 10%
  • Global disability is on the rise due to population ageing and the rapid spread of chronic diseases

The first ever WHO/World Bank World report on disability reviews evidence about the situation of people with disabilities around the world.  The report contains topic-specific chapters on:
  • health
  • rehabilitation
  • assistance and support
  • enabling environments
  • education
  • employment

Within each chapter, there is a discussion of the barriers confronted, and case studies showing how countries have succeeded in addressing these by promoting good practice. 
The report offers nine concrete recommendations for policy and practice which if put in place could lead to real improvements in the lives of people with disability.
  1. Make sure disabled people can use the same services as everyone else
  2. Have services that support disabled people to do things for themselves
  3. Have a national plan for people with disabilities
  4. Involve people with disabilities in deciding laws and planning services
  5. Tell people about disability so that they understand it better
  6. Make sure there are good quality services that disabled people can afford
  7. Help the public understand disability
  8. Collect better information about disability
  9. Get better at research into disability