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A man addresses the camera while a relative with physical disabilities looks onThere are a 110 000 people living with a disability in PalestineInternational Day of Persons with Disability 2014 

A billion people in the world, 15% of the population, have a disability severe enough that it limits their participation in family, community and political life. Many live in low and middle-income countries, where often access to basic health and social services is limited for all citizens. 

On International Day of Persons with Disability, the United Nations acknowledges the contributions of Persons with Disability to society and highlights the need to continue working to promote their rights. It also serves to remind the 151 Member States who have ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities of their commitment to change policies and practices to guarantee that all persons with disabilities participate and are included in society on an equal basis with others.

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WHO report:  Barriers to health for Palestinians under occupation, December 2014

10 December 2014, Jerusalem – On the occasion of International Human Rights Day, the WHO West Bank and Gaza released a special report today highlighting reduced access in 2013 to...

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A new approach to mental illness in Bethlehem, November 2014

November 2014, In an area where the psychiatric illness is often misunderstood and stigmatized, a residential psychiatric hospital with a trailblazing occupational therapy programme, offers new hope for mentally ill Palestinians. Bethlehem...

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