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WHO plan for better health for persons with disabilities


August 2013 - Consultation process initiated to develop action plan that will ensure better health for persons with disabilities

Action plan based on 'World Report on Disability'

A conference auditorium © Pierre Albouy/WHO
General assembly of the the Sixty-sixth World Health Assembly, May 2013
At the 66th World Health Assembly held in May 2013, the World Health Organization adopted a resolution calling for better health care for people with disabilities. CBM welcomes this resolution. The resolution encourages member states to: make all mainstream health services inclusive of people with disabilities; provide more support to informal caregivers and ensure that people with disabilities have access to rehabilitation services that can enable them to achieve their full potential and have the same opportunities as others to participate fully in society.

The resolution also calls on the WHO to:
  • provide technical assistance to Member States to implement the 'World Report on Disability'
  • intensify collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders on the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • ensure WHO technical work is inclusive of children and adults with disabilities
  • and ensure that WHO itself is inclusive of people with disabilities as employees, collaborators and visitors

An important element of the resolution is that it calls upon WHO to prepare a comprehensive WHO action plan in consultation with United Nations organizations and Member States based on the recommendations of the 'World Report on Disability' and in line with the Convention. For for information follow these links:

Providing constructive input on inclusive health

CBM welcomes the opportunity to input into this important process. For many years we have worked closely with WHO, for example on CBR and the World Report on Disability. We look forward to providing constructive input into this process initiated by WHO over the coming months. We feel that many of our colleagues working in the front line on inclusive health will have a lot of expertise that can be included in this consultation. The online consultation process runs until 11 October 2013.

The online consultation is open to everyone involved and interested in improving health outcomes for people with disabilities. People with disabilities, representatives of disabled peoples’ organisations (DPOs) and civil society organisations (CSOs) are particularly encouraged to submit their views on the draft plan, as are international development agencies and professional organisations and service providers involved in the delivery of rehabilitation services.  Keep watching for updates on this.

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