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Disability and emergency risk management for health

People with disabilities are disproportionately affected in emergencies and experience particularly high rates of mortality in these contexts. To mark International Day for Disaster Reduction 2013, CBM, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Organization for Migration, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and the World Health Organization release today a guidance note to highlight the needs of people with disabilities before, during and after...

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Inclusion: disability

Disability will have an impact on almost everyone’s lives. What is disability? Impairments are part of the human condition and almost everyone will be temporarily or permanently impaired at some point in their lives, with the type, degree and impact of this impairment varying from person to person. The United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recognises disability as an evolving concept and states that ‘persons with disabilities’ are those who have physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments, which, in interaction with various barriers, may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.[1]  It identifies the experience of disability is complex, multidimensional and dynamic; critically, it also highlights that disability is understood as an ‘interaction’, not solely as impairment. It recognises that persons are disabled by external factors such as environmental or attitudinal barriers as well as by their health condition. Why is disability inclusion important? Persons with disabilities make up one billion people -about 15 per cent of the world’s population – making them the world’s largest and most disadvantaged minority. They may face social, economic and cultural barriers limiting their access to full and effective participation in a society, including economic development, education, employment and health services. Women and girls with disabilities are 4 to 10 times more likely to experience gender-based violence than those without disabilities. Children...

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About the IFRC
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is the world's largest humanitarian network and is guided by seven Fundamental Principles: Humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, universality and unity.