International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2020

  On International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) 2020, WHO raised awareness on the need to respond to the needs of people with disability in all aspects of society, including during the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of fostering an inclusive culture, and the complete realization of the human rights of all persons with disabilities as an integral part of all human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Key messages for IDPD 2020

1. Disability is part of the human experience.

2. WHO recognizes that a world where all people attain the highest possible standard of health and well-being is only possible if health systems are inclusive of people with disability.

3. People with disability have been amongst the most vulnerable populations during the current COVID-19 outbreak due to many health, social and environmental barriers, discriminatory attitudes and inaccessible infrastructure.

4. The COVID-19 pandemic provides a unique opportunity to build back better our health systems so that they are more inclusive and responsive to the needs and human rights of people experiencing disability in all their diversity.

5. Countries need to shift towards a service delivery system rooted in the communities, reaching out and empowering people with disability.

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