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1 billion people in the world are disabled

1 billion people in the world are disabled
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Persons with disabilities are the world’s largest minority & have poorer health.

In 1992, the United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3 made the proclamation of the International Day of Disabled Persons as an annual observance for the promotion of the rights and wellbeing of persons with disabilities in all societal spheres and development. The United Nations encouraged all its member states and organizations to improve their efforts towards sustaining effective action that would aid the improvement of the condition of persons with disabilities. It is commemorated every December 3.

Of the world’s population of over 7 billion people, over 1 billion people which equals approximately 15 percent of the world’s population, live with one form of disability or another, with over 1 million of them as children. Research also has it that about 80 percent of every person living with disabilities live in developing countries and 50 percent of them unable to afford proper health care. Also, persons with disabilities are described as the world’s largest minority and generally have poorer health, higher poverty rates, lesser economic opportunities and lower education achievements compared to those without disabilities.

Persons with disabilities suffer violence more than non-disabled.

The inability of persons with disabilities to embrace opportunities like people without disabilities do is due to unavailability of services such as Information Communication Technology (ICT), transportation or justice to them, and many other challenges they come across in their everyday lives. This category of persons faces diverse challenges every day, some of which relates to the physical environment, results from societal discrimination or attitudes or legislation or policy. Another challenge is their vulnerability to high risk of violence.

It has been proven that children with disabilities have a high tendency of experiencing violence four times than non-disabled children. Likewise, adults who live with disabilities are likely to fall victims of violence about 1.5 times than non-disabled adults. Adults with mental health conditions are also four times at higher risk of violence than those without their condition. Some of the factors which put persons with disabilities at higher risk of violence include discrimination, stigma, lack of social support and ignorance about disability.

Nigerian President signed DAPD (Prohibition) Act in 2018.

According to the World Report on disability in 2011, about 25 million Nigerians lived with at least one disability while over 3 million of these people suffered great difficulties in functioning. Also, in 2020 more than 27 million Nigerians live with one form of disability or another. These disabilities fall under either of the following five most common types of disabilities in the country: visual impairment, intellectual impairment, physical impairment, communication impairment and hearing impairment.

In 2018, President Muhammadu Buhari signed the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act 2018. The law accommodated the establishment of Conventions on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and awards punitive damages to victims of discrimination who live with disabilities. It also emphasizes the prohibition of discrimination against Persons Living with Disabilities (PLWD) with a sanction of fines for anyone who goes against the law. An establishment of a National Commission for Persons with Disabilities would also be ensured to provide access to healthcare, housing and education for persons with disabilities.

WHO organizes the annual IDPD event and decides on a theme.

World Health Organization joins forces with the United Nations to commemorate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) to reinforce the significance of preserving the rights of persons with disabilities to enable their full, equal and effective participation in societal affairs just like non-disabled people and ensure they encounter no obstacles in all aspects of their lives. WHO is assigned the duty of the decision of a theme and development of evidence-based advocacy materials. The organization is also responsible for the organization of the annual IDPD event for the education of the public and creation of awareness.


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1 month ago

I applaud WHO partnership with the UN
This partnership allows the right of persons with disabilities to enable their full, equal and effective participation in societal affairs just like non-disabled people and in return it aims development.

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1 month ago

People with disabilities are much why especially in the developing countries where they are more and not we’ll treated and respected but we are seeing se changes now because of the bill signed into law so they have been well recognize and giving some post in government but more needs to be done.

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1 month ago

The population of the people living with disability across the globe is very huge and alarming but with initiative of the WHO towards them lots of development can be archive and they can be properly cater for.

Abusi
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1 month ago

The rate of these disabled people is actually very high. How can we help the people get strong health care system. A lot of disabled people also no need to be treated in the right way. So they deserve good health care.

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1 month ago

Disabled people are the world’s greatest minority and have inferior health, greater poverty rates, fewer economic possibilities, and lower education levels.

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1 month ago

Children who have disabilities are four times more likely to be victims of violence than children who do not have disabilities, according to research.

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1 month ago

Due to the lack of ICT, transportation, justice, and other services, people with disabilities cannot take advantage of possibilities like others.

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declaring December 3rd as “International Day of Disabled Persons” to raise awareness about the needs of people with disabilities and advocate for their rights across all areas of society and economic growth.

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To help improve the lives of people with disabilities, the United Nations has called on all member states and international organizations to increase their commitment to sustained, effective action.

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1 month ago

Due to the lack of accessible services, including ICT, transportation, and justice, people with disabilities are unable to take advantage of opportunities in the same way that people without disabilities do.

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1 month ago

Its sad that roughly half of the world’s disabled population resides in low-income countries and is therefore unable to access adequate medical care.

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1 month ago

Inequality, prejudice, a lack of peer support, and ignorance about disability are some of the reasons that place people with disabilities at a higher risk of being victims of violent crime.

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1 month ago

It is unfortunate, but research has shown that children with disabilities are four times more likely to be victims of physical or sexual abuse than children who do not have a disability.

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1 month ago

The number of disabled individuals in the world is shockingly high, but the World Health Organization’s efforts mean that their needs will be better met in the future.

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1 month ago

billion people in the world are disabled. That is too much, we need to do more to stop this disability. Government needs build good hospital with better equipment

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1 month ago

1 billion people in the world are living with disability. That figure is alarming. We need to be more conscious of this set of people that need our help most times. Every program that our government can give to assist them should be done.

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1 month ago

A large and concerning number of individuals throughout the world are disabled, but because to WHO efforts, much progress has been archived and they are now well catered for.

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1 month ago

There is a lot of disabled people in the world but they are need equal right with the people who are not disable by allowing them participate in affair of the state not to exclude the from any opportunity

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1 month ago

The population of the people with disability in the world is much. Government,Organizations, cooperate bodies and individuals should be willing to be of assistance to these set of people. They need our help.

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Due to the lack of accessibility to services like information and communication technology (ICT), transportation, and justice, as well as numerous other difficulties they face on a daily basis, people with disabilities are unable to take advantage of opportunities in the same way that people without disabilities do.

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The number of individuals living with disabilities worldwide is enormous and scary, but with the WHO’s initiative, many developments may be archived and they can be adequately catered for.

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