Violence, injuries and disability


International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December 2014

A boy in a wheelchair playing a piano©iStockphoto.com/baranozdemirThis year’s theme is “Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology”. Technology can be a way to break down barriers for people with disability as devices become faster, cheaper and more accessible. In recognition of its importance, WHO is launching the Global Cooperation on Assistive Health Technology (GATE) initiative in partnership with United Nations (UN) agencies, international organizations, professional organizations, academia and organizations for people with disabilities.

On this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities, WHO is renewing its commitment to continue to work constructively with governments towards inclusion and equal opportunities for people with disabilities.

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News

Every year almost half a million people die of injuries in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, accounting for about 11% of all deaths. These figures are probably much higher at present,...

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Second United Nations Global Road Safety Week

Under the banner “Make Walking Safe”, the Second United Nations Global Road Safety Week (6–12 May) kicks off worldwide. With events registered in nearly 70 countries, the Week seeks to...

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The Partnership brings together six UN agencies (WHO, International Labour Organization (ILO), United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), United Nations Department of Economic and Social...

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In focus

In focus

UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020    Full report | Summary

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Events

The WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean hosted the first stakeholders’ meeting for developing an Arab report on disability on 26 December 2012. The meeting was a preliminary step...

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23 May 2013 - Today, an important briefing is taking place at WHO's World Health Assembly in Geneva in preparation for an upcoming high-level meeting on disability and development: the...

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