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Global situation of people with disabilities. Disability and Poverty. Global disability data and statistics. Key figures : 15% world population 80% live in developing countries

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Global situation of people with disabilities

Global situation of people withdisabilities

Disability and Poverty


Global disability data and statistics
Global disability data and statistics

Key figures:

  • 15% world population

  • 80% live in developing countries

  • Levels of HIV/AIDS equal to or higher than the rest of the population yet large exclusion from services against HIV/ AIDS

  • 150 millions children living with a disability, less likely to attend school and have lower rates of staying and being promoted in schools

  • Approximately 20 million women become disabled each year as a result of complications during pregnancy or childbirth


Global trends and evolutions
Global trends and evolutions

  • The number of people with disabilities is increasing (increased life expectancy, increasing chronic diseases, environmental factors)

  • Significant inequalities (Poor people, women, and old people are more likely to experience disability than others); people withdisabilities are not a homogenous group

    • Example: Those most excluded from the labour market are often those with mental health difficulties or intellectual impairments.


Links between disability and poverty
Links betweendisability and poverty


Main links between poverty and disability
Main links between poverty and disability

  • Dangerous and unhealthy living conditions

  • The absence or inaccessibility of timely and adequate medical care or rehabilitation

  • Limited access to education and employment

  • Social exclusion


The cost of excluding people with disabilities
The cost of excluding people with disabilities

  • Individuel level: direct costs for treatment or rehabilitation, foregone income

  • Family/ communitylevel: Household members spend time and money taking care of their family member who needs personal assistance

  • Global level: the World Bank estimated the global GDP loss due to disability from $1.71 trillion to $2.23 trillion annually



What do people with disabilities want
What do people with disabilities want? development

Hearing directly from people with disabilities about their lives is vital to good research and effective policy or action. 

It is therefore essential to consult people with disabilities directly or through their representative organizations

"What's disability to me" - series of videos:

http://www.who.int/disabilities/world_report/2011/videos/en/index.html


Key messages
Key messages development

  • People with disabilities account for approximately 15% of the world population, i.e. more than 1 billion people.

  • 80% of people with disabilities live in developing countries.

  • There is a strong link between disability and poverty

  • Any effort to reduce and eliminate poverty can only be effective if takes people with disabilities into account, who are among the most vulnerable groups.

  • It is important to consult with people with disabilities directly to understand their situation and better meet their priorities.


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