The World Health Organisation says disability is part of human condition, warning that almost everyone will be temporarily or permanently impaired at some point in life.
The WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, spoke on the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2020, which is marked globally every December 3.
On this day, the World Health Organisation joins partners to celebrate “a day for all,” the global agency posted in a speech on its website.
The statement reads, in part, “This theme reflects a growing understanding that disability is part of the human condition.
“Almost everyone will be temporarily or permanently impaired at some point in life.
“Despite this, few countries have adequate mechanisms in place to respond fully to the needs of people with disabilities.
“In 2020, the UN’s theme was .Building Back Better: toward a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post COVID-19 World.’”
WHO states its support for the theme by underlining the importance of fostering an inclusive culture and responding to the urgent needs of people with disability in all aspects of society, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In its key messages, the WHO says, “Disability is part of the human experience.
“WHO recognises 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.
“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.
‘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.
“Countries need to shift towards a service delivery system rooted in the communities, reaching out and empowering people with disability.”