Disability and rehabilitation

The disability and rehabilitation unit supports Member States in improving rehabilitation within their country contexts and in enabling all people with a disability to achieve better health. The unit also supports in eye and ear health care.

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Solidarity to protect those with disability during the pandemic

In a meeting of solidarity to better protect those with disabilities, WHO’s Regional Director for Europe, Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge, met virtually with Mr Yannis Vardakastanis, President of the European Disability Forum, on 23 November.

Rehabilitation and COVID-19

Rehabilitation after COVID-19

In this video, people from countries in the WHO European Region who were infected with COVID-19 tell us about their rehabilitation journey.

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COVID-19 outbreak

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Inclusive universal health coverage

We need all components of health care to make universal health coverage possible.

Data and statistics on rehabilitation

• 74% of years lived with disability (YLDs) in the world are the result of health conditions for which rehabilitation may be beneficial.

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Data and statistics on disability

• Over 1 billion people are estimated to live with some form of disability. This corresponds to about 15% of the world's population.

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Better health for people with disabilities

People with disabilities often do not receive needed health care

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