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Review of the WHO plan for better health care

Man gets helped into a building using a wheelset
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Access to affordable assistive devices are a life changer for people like Peter, a paraplegic living in a remote village near the Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.

CBM has developed a set of key recommendations for the WHO's Plan to improve health care for persons with disabilities.

CBM has been collaborating with the Disability and Rehabilitation team of the World Health Organisation for many years, focusing on the development, launch and roll out of the Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) guidelines and the dissemination of the World Report on Disability. In the spirit of continued collaboration, CBM welcomes the opportunity to make an input into the WHO's plan for better health care for persons with disabilities. Over the past few weeks, CBM has participated and provided support in regional consultation meetings in Manila and Brazzaville and has submitted a short position paper to the online consultation process. This article highlights some of the key recommendations that CBM has made in its submission.

Key recommendations from CBM

Overall, CBM welcomes that the draft action plan is strongly based on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and that it supports the realisation of rights for people with disabilities contained there in. CBM hopes that these commitments are translated into actionable measures that improve the health and wellbeing of the one billion persons with disabilities living worldwide. In terms of strengthening the current plan, CBM recommends that:
  1. A more robust set of indicators be used to ensure the successful achievement of the plan.
  2. A stronger emphasis be placed on the affordability of health care, particularly for assistive devices, given the strong intersection between poverty and disability.
  3. Given that the CRPD places particular emphasis on participation of persons with disabilities in all aspects of their lives, there needs to be further attention given to defining the role of people with disability/ disabled persons organisations throughout the plan. 
CBM also recognises that the issue of disability inclusive health care in times of emergency and crisis is not included in the plan and recommends that this be included. We look forward to our continued input into this process.


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