Over 1 billion people around the world live with a disability – that’s approximately 15 per cent of our global population.
“Disabilities is an umbrella term, covering impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions. Impairment is a problem in body function or structure; an activity limitation is a difficulty encountered by an individual in executing a task or action; while a participation restriction is a problem experienced by an individual in involvement in life situations.
Disability is thus not just a health problem. It is a complex phenomenon, reflecting the interaction between features of a person’s body and features of the society in which he or she lives. Overcoming the difficulties faced by people with disabilities requires interventions to remove environmental and social barriers.”
1/2 of people with disabilities cannot afford healthcare. They are 50% more likely to suffer catastrophic health expenditure. The out-of-pocket health care payments can push a family into poverty.
The causes, prevalence and consequences of disability vary throughout the world, based on different socio-economic circumstances and of the different assistances that are made for its well-being by each society.
Rehabilitation and Assistive Devices can enable people with disabilities to be independent