In 2016, 10 years after the adoption of the UNCRPD, important steps were taken regarding physical rehabilitation and social inclusion of people with disabilities

The implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals(SDG)

The year started with the implementation of the 17 SDG adopted by the world leaders in September 2015 with the aim to go further to end all forms of poverty. The implementation began in 2016 with an inaugural report as a first accounting of where the world stands.

  • Regarding the disability, the SDGs has included the following targets:ensure health and well-being for all at all ages by improving reproductive, maternal and child health; ending the epidemics of major communicable diseases; reducing non communicable and environmental diseases; achieving universal health coverage; and ensuring access to safe, affordable and effective medicines and vaccines for all (Goal 3)
  • The 2030 Agenda requires a revitalized and enhanced global partnership that mobilizes all available resources from Governments, civil society, the private sector, the United Nations system and other actors. Increasing support to developing countries, in particular LDCs, landlocked developing countries and small island developing States is fundamental to equitable progress for all (Goal 17)

WHO: “Rehabilitation 2030: A call for action”

In February, the WHO’s “Rehabilitation 2030: A call for action” has been adopted after a meeting between different stakeholders concluding that “the unmet rehabilitation need around the world, and especially in low- and middle-income countries, is profound.”[2] The demand for rehabilitation services will continue to raise, as the disability prevalence is constantly growing world-wide, due to ageing populations, the increase in chronic conditions, accidents, violence and disasters.

Therefore, a call for action was made to establish a strategic direction and coordinated actions, in order “to raise the profile of rehabilitation as a health strategy relevant to the whole population, across the lifespan and across the continuum of care.”

International Community: Charter on inclusion

As a sign of approval from the International Community, the Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action was adopted. Its aim is to render humanitarian action inclusive of persons with disabilities, by lifting barriers persons with disabilities are facing in accessing relief, protection and recovery support and ensuring  their participation in the development, planning and implementation humanitarian programs.

The ICRC MoveAbility Foundation: new multi-year strategy

The ICRC MoveAbility Foundation, formerly ICRC Special Fund for the Disabled, was not to be outdone since it adopted a new business plan, leading to the adoption of a new name more in line with its vision to develop the full potential of persons with physical disabilities in an inclusive society. Given the growing prevalence of disability on one side and the change of contexts in 30 years of activities on the other side; the Foundation initiated a major shift in its strategy, by planning its activities over 5 years.

In line with the United Nations Development Goals (SDG) and with the WHO “Rehabilitation 2030”, MoveAbility is working to improve the rehabilitation system in low- and middle-income countries, with the goal to promote social inclusion of persons with disabilities.

Read more about MoveAbility’s activities related to the rehabilitation and the inclusion of Persons with disabilities in the 2016 Annual Report.

Max Deneu
Director of Operations