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Empower persons with disabilities in their communities: WHO on International Day of Persons with Disabilities
On the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), December 3, the World Health Organization (WHO) has urged the world community to empower persons with disabilities in their communities by making the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) inclusive by making use of Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR) as a development strategy.

"The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are 8 development objectives set by the UN and membership organizations for the global community. The Goals consist of 21 quantifiable targets and are measured by 60 indicators. They address the needs of the world's poorest citizens and the world's most marginalized populations by fostering collaborative action in key areas - poverty, education, health and the environment. The MDGs do not explicitly mention disability," stated WHO.

Disability-inclusive MDGs would reaffirm the need to promote and protect the human rights of people with disabilities in civil, cultural, economic, political and social life, it said.

According to WHO, CBR is a development strategy that is currently implemented in over 90 countries throughout the world to address the needs of people with disabilities and their family member with an aim 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.

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