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Disability News: Asia & Surrounding Countries

  • Synopsis: Latest news related to disabilities and health from Asia including China and Japan.

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Latest news related to disabilities and health from Asia including China and Japan

The Asian and Pacific region has by far the largest number of people with disabilities in the world. Most of them are poor, their concerns unknown and their rights overlooked.

Some 400 million people with disabilities live in and around the Asian and Pacific region of the world.

When taking into consideration the impact on Asian families, the lives and livelihood of over 800 million people are impacted, about 25% of the population. The majority of these people are excluded from many social opportunities. for example less than 5% of children with disabilities attend school in Asian Pacific countries. Women and girls often suffer double discrimination and have even less access to an education than males.

One organization, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), assists governments and self-help organizations to create inclusive, barrier-free and rights-based society for persons with different disabilities.

Also the Asia and Pacific Disability Forum (APDF), was formally established as a new NGO network on disability in the Asia and Pacific region at the Inaugural Meeting in Singapore on November 26, 2003.

Many Asian cultures have a history of Ayurvedic and Unani spanning thousands of years including widespread therapies such as massage and herbal treatment. Some of these interventions have recently been validated by modern research.

The world's oldest man, Tomoji Tanabe, has just celebrated his 113th birthday. Tomoji Tanabe lives in Miyakonojo, which is Japan's southern island of Kyushu. Japan has one of the world's longest life expectancies. The average age in Japan is nearly 86 years for females and 79 years for males. Long life in japan is often attributed to the country's healthy diet that of fish and rice.

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