Global Report On Health Equity For Disables:
Ahead of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3rd December), the World Health Organization (WHO) has released a report titled- Global report on health equity for persons with disabilities.
Findings of the Report:
- Currently, some 1.3 billion people, or one in six, worldwide suffer from major disabilities.
- Because of the systemic and persistent health inequities, many persons with disabilities face the risk of dying much earlier even up to 20 years earlier—than persons without disabilities.
- An estimated 80 % of people with disabilities reside in low- and middle-income countries with limited resources, making it difficult to address these inequities.
- They are at a two-fold risk of contracting chronic illnesses like asthma, depression, diabetes, obesity, dental disorders and stroke.
- Many of the discrepancies in health outcomes cannot be attributed to underlying health conditions but rather to preventable, unfair and unjust circumstances.