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International Research Symposium - 'Equitable Health Services for People with Disabilities'

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On 8th November 2011, a free symposium on equitable health services for people with disabilities, focusing on low and middle income countries, will be held in London. CBM, as a co-sponsor and organiser, encourages colleagues and partners to attend.

CBM involvement

CBM, together with Handicap International, is sponsoring the International Symposium on 'Equitable Health Services for People with Disabilities' hosted by WHO and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

CBM encourages and supports colleagues and partners, especially from the regions we work in, to attend, learn and share their knowledge and good practices in the field of equitable health services with other researchers, policy makers, advocates and practitioners.

CBM is represented in the symposium programme committee and will be involved in the dissemination of results and follow up.

About the symposium

The World Report on Disability was launched in June 2011. It includes the first updated prevalence estimates for disability since the 1970s, reviews the factors that affect disability trends, the barriers that prevent people with disabilities from participating fully in their societies and the impact that these barriers have on the lives of disabled people.

A specific focus of the report is on the health of people with disabilities in light of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) which reinforces (amongst other fundamental rights) the right of persons with disabilities to attain the highest standard of healthcare, without discrimination. Evidence suggests that people with disabilities have unequal access to general healthcare services and unmet healthcare needs compared with the general population, particularly in low and middle income settings. Unmet rehabilitation needs are also common and can restrict participation, cause deterioration in health, increase dependency on others, and decrease quality of life.

The World Report on Disability highlights gaps in knowledge and stresses the need for further research and changes towards disability inclusive policy and practice. This one day international symposium seeks to bring together researchers, policy makers, disability advocates, NGOs, health and rehabilitation professionals, and donors to share current research on equity in health care for people with disabilities and promote interdisciplinary action in policy relevant research.

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