ALERT – Report on rehabilitation for human rights and inclusive development

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Humanity & Inclusion (HI) and the Global Rehabilitation Alliance (GRA) launch the report “Rehabilitation for the realisation of human rights and inclusive development”.

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The report situates disability and rehabilitation within global discourse and policy. Building on data, case-studies and testimonies, the report provides recommendations on the implementation of effective rehabilitation-focused policies and practices, contributing to progress towards SDGs and the realisation of human rights.

Rehabilitation is the main health strategy that assists individuals to achieve and maintain an optimal functioning. Rehabilitation is not only beneficial for persons with disabilities but also for people with a wide range of health conditions. Rehabilitation places the person at the center and contributes to people reaching their full potential and participating fully in society.

The demand for rehabilitation has significantly increased and will continue increase. This is primarily due to demographic change, including an ageing population, increasing prevalence of non-communicable diseases and injuries. However, 50% of persons with disabilities in many developing countries have unmet needs for rehabilitation[1]. These unmet needs for rehabilitation represent a failure to attain the highest possible standard of health and well-being. This may impact other human rights, such as the rights to education, work, independent living, participation in community life, and freedom of movement.

The report highlights that rehabilitation plays a key role in implementing both Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Understanding the links and synergies between these instruments has the potential to support substantial progress towards the realisation of the SDGs, using disability-inclusion as a framework for action.

The report illustrates, in particular, the potential impact of rehabilitation on seven specific SDGs: SDG 1 on no poverty, SDG 3 on health and wellbeing, SDG 4 on quality education, SDG 5 on gender equality, SDG 8 on decent work and economic growth, SDG 10 on reduced inequalities, and SDG 11 on sustainable cities and communities.

The statistics, country case-studies, projects’ examples, and testimonies integrated in this report provide evidence to stakeholders, upon which to build successful strategies to improve the availability of quality, coordinated, affordable, and user-centered rehabilitation.

Sets of specific recommendations have been designed for different stakeholders (States, donors and civil society), which have the potential to strengthen rehabilitation services and improve the health and wellbeing of millions around the world.

Included in the annex are case studies of national donors’ agencies and their progress towards meeting the recommendations set out in this report.

[1] UNDESA, ‘UN Flagship Report on Disability and Development’, 2018.