In its executive summary in the “global priority research agenda for improving access to high-quality affordable technology”, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than one billion people are in need of one or more assistive products. It represents about 15% of the world’s population. This number is likely to increase to two billion by 2050; due notably to the aging of populations and the rise of uncommunicable diseases. The WHO also underlines that only one in ten people have access to assistive technology.
The lack of access has an impact on the life of the concerned persons with disability (PWD), but also on their family and society. In fact, without an appropriate assistive device, the PWDs are isolated and therefore trapped in the vicious circle of poverty.
WHO recognizes disability as global health, human rights, and development priority. In fact, people with disabilities face barriers to accessing health and rehabilitation services. They also frequently encounter stigmatization, discrimination, and inequalities. Disability disproportionately affects women, older people, and poor people. As underlined in the WHO global disability action plan 2014-2021, “disability is a priority because of its higher prevalence in lower-income countries and because disability and poverty reinforce and perpetuate one another.”
After more than 30 years of work in the field, MoveAbility has come to the conclusion that to achieve its main goal: help persons with disabilities fulfill their potential in a more inclusive society, the first step is the access to the assistive device and rehabilitation services. Without that prerequisite, they don’t have the ways nor the means to advocate for their rights.
In line with the WHO principles and the Article 4 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), MoveAbility ensures that the PWD, through their representatives, such as the Disabled Peoples’ Organization, are involved in all stages from the formulation to the implementing of the laws and services related to them.