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Make MDGs inclusive to empower persons with disabilities: WHO
Ahead of the International Day for Persons with Disability to be observed on December 3, the World health Organisation (WHO) has stressed the need to make MDGs inclusive to empower persons with disabilities in their communities.

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are 8 development objectives set by the UN with 21 quantifiable targets and are measured by 60 indicators, but do not explicitly mention disability in them.

According to the WHO, at least 10% of the world's population, or 650 million people, live with a disability and 20% of the worlds poor are disabled. Moreover, the percentage of children with disabilities not attending school is extremely high in the under-developed countries.

The WHO has suggested the community-based rehabilitation (CBR) as a development strategy to address the needs of people with disabilities and their family members.

"CBR aims to provide rehabilitation, reduce poverty, equalize opportunities and promote the inclusion of disabled people in their communities. It focuses on four key development areas - health, education, livelihood and social - and promotes mainstreaming and empowerment."

According to the WHO, the CBR is a flexible and dynamic strategy that can be adapted to suit different contexts and if properly funded and supported it can make a contribution towards the achievement of the MDGs and the implementation of the CRPD.

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