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World’s one billion people with disabilities face widespread barriers to healthcare

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d3618 (Published 10 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3618
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

Many of the world’s one billion people with disabilities face widespread barriers to accessing healthcare, says a global expert report.

In the years ahead disability will be a greater concern because its prevalence is on the rise, says the first World Report on Disability from the World Health Organization and the World Bank.

The number of people with disabilities today corresponds to about 15% of the population, up on previous WHO estimates (dating from the 1970s), which suggested a figure of 10%, says the report. Disabilities range from traumatic injuries from falls, injuries, and violence to those associated with chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, cancer, diabetes, and …

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