Disabilities and rehabilitation
Fifteen per cent of the world's population has some form of disability. Between 110 million (2.2%) and 190 million (3.8%) people aged 15 years and older have significant difficulties in functioning. The rates of disability are increasing in part due to ageing populations and an increase in chronic health conditions.
Disability is a complex phenomenon, reflecting an interaction between features of a person’s body and features of the society, environment in which he or she lives.
The mission of the Disability and Rehabilitation programme in the Western Pacific Region is to help Member States in improving the health of people with disabilities through access to general health services as well as rehabilitation, assistive devices and community-based rehabilitation. The programme also aims to improve decision-making with respect to disability and rehabilitation through better data and appropriate information systems.
Rehabilitation and assistive technology
Only 5–15%of people in low- and middle-income countries who require assistive devices and technologies have access to them.More on rehabilitation and assistive technology
More than 90countries in the world are now implementing community-based rehabilitation, creating access to health care, education and livelihood opportunities for the people living with disabilities.More on community-based rehabilitation