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WHO Press Conference
Date: 19 September 2013
14:00 - 14:45
Organization: WHO
Location: Press Room 1
Subject: One in seven people in the world lives with some form of disability. Many of these people face tremendous barriers in accessing health and rehabilitation services, leaving them with unmet health care needs, poorer health outcomes, and higher rates of poverty than others. In advance of the opening of High-level Meeting on Disability and Development convened by the United Nations General Assembly on 23 September in New York, Dr Etienne Krug, Director, and Ms Alana Officer, Coordinator for Disability and Rehabilitation, both of the Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability at the World Health Organization, will discuss the aims of this meeting, its intended outcomes, and the importance of involving people with disabilities in future development agendas



One in seven people in the world lives with some form of disability. Many of these people face tremendous barriers in accessing health and rehabilitation services, leaving them with unmet health care needs, poorer health outcomes, and higher rates of poverty than others.

In advance of the opening of High-level Meeting on Disability and Development convened by the United Nations General Assembly on 23 September in New York, Dr Etienne Krug, Director, and Ms Alana Officer, Coordinator for Disability and Rehabilitation, both of the Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability at the World Health Organization, will discuss the aims of this meeting, its intended outcomes, and the importance of involving people with disabilities in future development agendas

Dr Etienne Krug, Director WHO Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability, WHO

Ms Alana Officer, Coordinator, Disability and Rehabilitation, WHO


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