Over 1.3B people are living with disabilities globally – UN

By , K24 Digital
On Sun, 3 Dec, 2023 14:04 | < 1 min read
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The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) estimates that over 1.3 billion people are living with disabilities worldwide.

This comes even as the world commemorates the Day of People with Disabilities, which the body says "reminds us that every individual deserves to enjoy the full spectrum of human rights and to live with dignity".

UNODC claims that people with any form of disability face a lot of discrimination and obstacles preventing them from participating in society equally with everyone else.

"They frequently lack the rights to vote, live independently in the community, participate in sport and culture, enjoy social protection, access justice, consent to or refuse medical treatment, and freely enter legal commitments like opening a bank account, inheriting property, or purchasing it," UNODC says.

Registration of people with disabilities

In November, Kenya's National Council for Persons with Disabilities launched a disability registration service on Citizen. 

"Going forward, persons with disabilities will be self-registering themselves on eCitizen with the required documentation (disability medical assessment report, ID/birth certificate and passport-size photo), and receiving confirmation SMS and their disability registration certificates from the comfort of their mobile devices – which can be freely downloaded and print whenever one needs to access a service. Parents and caregivers of minors with disabilities will also register them on the platform," the council said in a statement.

According to the 2019 census, 2.2 per cent (900,000 people) of Kenyans live with some form of disability.

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