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World Report on Disability

The World Report on Disability

A young woman in Tanzania pushing her three-wheeled wheelchair. She looks confident and positive.
Faustina, who lives in Moshi, Tanzania, and works with 'Kilimanjaro Association of the Spinally Injured' - see video below

The World Report on Disability will be launched on 9 June 2011 at the United Nations building in New York. CBM has supported the WHO in a variety of ways during development of the report, and this website will bring live news of the launch plus a first analysis of the document itself.

What is the World Report on Disability?

The World Report on Disability summarises the best available scientific evidence on disability and makes recommendations for action in support of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). It explores current evidence about disability, identifies needs, and highlights what works to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities in areas including health, rehabilitation, support, environments, education and employment.

The report was mandated by the World Health Assembly, jointly published by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank, and will be launched on 9 June 2011 in Geneva.

How CBM is involved

CBM’s support has assisted WHO in the following areas:
  • Supporting the statistical analysis for the chapter on global data
  • Regional consultations on the first draft of the report
  • Identification of expert contributors and reviewers for the report
  • Development of accessible versions of the report
  • Development of promotional materials (see links below)

Useful links

Read about the launch

CBM welcomes World Report on Disability

On June 9th, the World Health Organisation and the World Bank jointly launched the first ever World Report on Disability


Addressing a need

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  • ~80% of people with disabilities worldwide live in low-income countries
  • Despite the enormity of the problem, scientific information on disability is lacking
  • The World Report on Disability addresses this need

What's disability to me?

Faustina works for KAZI in Moshi, Tanzania. She is a wheelchair user, and here she explains what disability means to her.



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