Break Barriers, Open Doors: For an Inclusive Society and Development for All
Over 1 billion people, 15% of the world’s population, live with some form of disability. South-East Asia has the 2nd highest prevalence of disability with 16% having a moderate or severe disability, of which 2.9% are severely disabled. To raise awareness about the issues that people living with disabilities face, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities is held every year on 3 December, this year being the 21st such day. Persons with disabilities face physical, social, economic and attitudinal barriers that exclude them from participating as fully and effectively as other members of society. Globally, efforts are being made to rectify this and to increase disabled people’s ability to participate in all activities. For example, the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals requires the inclusion and integration of the rights, and well-being, as well as the perspective of persons with disabilities in development efforts at national, regional and international levels.
Theme for 2013 - Lets have roads safe for all 334 815 people died from road traffic accidents in WHO's South-East Asia Region in 2010. Most of these victims were between the age of 15 and 44 years. Pedestrians, drivers and passengers of motorized 2-3 wheeler and car occupants are among the most vulnerable people on the roads. The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2005, providing the opportunity to reflect upon the scale and devastation of road traffic deaths and injuries as well as their impact upon families and communities around the world. This is observed on third Sunday of November, every year.
Saving millions of lives: Decade of Action for Road Safety
Road traffic crashes take the lives of nearly 1.3 million people every year, and injure 20–50 million more. This makes road traffic injuries the leading cause of death for people aged 15–29 years. Over 90% of road traffic deaths and injuries occur in low-income and middle-income countries, which have only 48% of the world’s registered vehicles. Significantly, nearly half (46%) of those dying on the world’s roads are “vulnerable road users”: pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. In addition to the grief and suffering they cause, road traffic crashes result in considerable economic losses to victims, their families, and nations as a whole, costing most countries 1–3% of their gross national product. Without action, road traffic crashes are predicted to result in the deaths of around 1.9 million people annually by 2020. Only 15% of countries have comprehensive laws relating to five key risks: speeding, drinking and driving, and the non-use of helmets, seat-belts and child restraints.
6-12 May 2013 - Second UN Global Road Safety Week
- Disability Factsheet 2013
- Report of the Expert Group Meeting to Develop a Regional Startegic Framework on Community-based Rehabilitation (CBR) in the WHO South-East
- Regional strategic framework on community-based rehabilitation (CBR) in the South-East Asia Region 2012-2017 : 2012
- Integration of Injury Prevention into Maternal and Child Health
Dr Chamaiparn Santikarn
Disability & Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation