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Disability News: Asia and 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.

Almost 60 per cent of the world's 650 million persons with disabilities live in Asia and the Pacific according to the United Nations (UN) estimates. 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.

The Asia/Pacific region is often adversely affected by disasters, and persons with disabilities are at higher risk of death, injury and additional impairments as a result of exclusion from disaster risk reduction policies, plans and programs.

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.

In certain societies in Asia, disabilities can be perceived as being related to misconduct in a previous life. Also, in some instances, a family member with a disability is perceived as a disgrace to the family - which is another important reason for raising public awareness and destigmatizing disability issues.

By the end of 2012, the Asia-Pacific region recorded the lowest levels of signature and ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in the world, with 36 Signatories and 27 States Parties that accounted respectively for 72 and 54 per cent of the ESCAP member States which are eligible to ratify it.

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.

Another organization, 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 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.

Latest Asian News Publications

  1. Asian Tsunami 2004 - SAARC Academia Marks 10th Anniversary
    A ten day summit has been organized by academicians of SAARC region universities to mark the 10th anniversary of Tsunami.
  2. Pass Bill to Provide Accessible Pedestrian Traffic Signals Lawmaker Urges Congress
    A lawmaker has called on Congress to pass bill providing all traffic lights with audible signals to help persons with disabilities, seniors and pregnant pedestrians.
  3. Physically Disabled Exempt from Financing Restrictions on Motor Vehicle Loans - Singapore
    MAS announce flexibility for physically disabled and their caregivers by exempting them from credit restrictions for purchase of motor vehicle.
  4. Helping Disabled in Vietnam - Clinton Global Initiative
    High rates of physical and mental disabilities have continued to afflict the Vietnamese causing heartache to families and a major economic burden to the country.
  5. America Provides Support for Persons with Disabilities in Lao PDR
    Funds will support the development of the Lao Rehabilitation Program through the Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise (COPE).

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