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Heightened HIV risk for people with disabilities


MELBOURNE, 29 July 2014 (IRIN) - Inaccessible health services for people with disabilities (PWD), combined with social stigma and violence, contribute to high HIV risk - a gap that must be filled if the disabled are not to remain disproportionately vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, say health experts and activists.


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Treating Cerebral Palsy in Developing Countries

Cerebral palsy is one of the most common health conditions Handicap International sees in babies and young children around the world. The Center for Disease Control estimates that about 1 in every 323 children has cerebral palsy.

This congenital disorder usually results from brain damage that occurs before or at birth or within the first few years of a child’s life. Symptoms vary but may include poor muscle tone, stiff muscles, uncontrolled movements, poor motor skills, and sensory problems. About a third of cases involve cognitive difficulties or epilepsy.

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UNMAS Annual Report 2013

In 2013 UNMAS made the world safer. Whether it was through spearheading humanitarian mine action in Afghanistan and Mali, assisting United Nations deployment in the Central African Republic, completing the landmine survey of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, attaining agreements to demine in the West Bank or building secure weapons storage facilities in Libya, the lead United Nations entity on explosives hazards saved lives.

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Consolidated guidelines on HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations - July 2014

New guidelines stress increasing key populations’ access to HIV services

Countries need to remove legal and social barriers that prevent many people from accessing services for HIV testing, treatment and care, according to new WHO guidelines.

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From “Forgotten” to “Vulnerable” to “Valuable” – Persons with Disabilities in Refugee and Displacement Settings



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CBM promotes disability inclusion in disaster risk reduction during media workshop at the 6th AMCDRR

CBM organised one-hour sessions on disability inclusion in disaster risk reduction (DRR) during Media Workshop hosted by Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS) from 23-25 June 2014 at the 6th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Bangkok, Thailand.

Awareness raising on disability inclusion in DRR among media

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Disability is finally being included in debates about aid. About time too


DfID has promised to focus on disability, and it's not a moment too soon for the 800m disabled people in the developing world

Posted by James Thornberry

Today's response from the Department for International Development (DfID) to the international development select committee's inquiry into disability and development marks the first time that the issue has come close to entering the aid debate. And not before time.

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Policymakers in Asia voice disaster risk reduction priorities at Ministerial Conference

Bangkok (ESCAP News) -- Asia and the Pacific is the most disaster prone region in the world. Rapid economic growth and population expansion, along with the impacts of climate change, will increase the exposure and vulnerability of the region to disasters.

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Victim Assistance: How to ensure mine/ERW survivors participate in, and benefit from, disability-inclusive development?

In order to reach the objective of mines/explosive remnants of war (ERW) survivors and families of those injured or killed to exercise their human rights on an equal basis with others, an integrated approach to victim assistance (VA) insofar as survivors are concerned requires:

  • specific efforts to ensure survivors are reached and empowered to exercise their rights, in particular: locating and identifying survivors;

  • ensuring their equal access to services;

  • and monitoring and evaluation to demonstrate progress.

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Landmine ban success reaps results; strict adherence, rapid clearance, and assistance for victims remain crucial [EN/FR/SP]

ICBL reports that 15 years after antipersonnel mines ban entered into force, nearly all landmine use and production has ceased and new casualties have dropped dramatically.

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Making Disaster Risk Management Inclusive - Briefing Paper

Inclusive Disaster Risk Management (DRM) is about equality of rights and opportunities, dignity of the individual, acknowledging diversity, and contributing to resilience for everyone, not leaving aside members of a community based on age, gender, disability, identity or any other limiting condition.

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Vivre Debout n° 65 - juin 2014

Téléchargez au format PDF le dernier numéro de Vivre Debout, le journal des donateurs et des parrains solidaires de Handicap International France, qui fait le lien avec les bénéficiaires et les équipes sur le terrain, et aborde les problématiques du handicap dans le monde


• RD Congo : l'injustice des crises oubliées | Tribune

• RD Congo : un cocon pour les mamans et les bébés | Comprendre

• Philippines : les prémices d'une reconstruction | Actualités

• Réadaptation au Sri Lanka | Actualités

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Voices of people with disabilities must be heard in climate change adaptation debate

We need to strengthen the capacity of people with disabilities so they can access the resources needed to adapt to climate change, says the Kathmandu Declaration that was launched last month.

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Education and disabilities: Global Action Week 2014

Sophia Kousiakis (05.05.2014)

Children with disabilities are more likely to be out of school than any other group of children. May 4-10 is the Global Action Week for education and disability.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 16–23 April

The Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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Disability no justification for denying people’s right to make their own decisions - UN experts

  • Recognizing legal capacity should not be dependent on ‘discriminatory mental capacity assessments’, says UN Committee on Rights of Persons with Disabilities

  • Accessibility is key for the enjoyment of human rights on an equal basis

GENEVA (22 April 2014) – People with disabilities have the same rights as everyone to make decisions about their lives, including the right to take risks and make mistakes, a UN committee has stressed in new guidelines on implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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Disability Inclusion: Translating Policy into Practice in Humanitarian Action

A new report highlights the challenges facing about 6.7 million people with disabilities who are forcibly displaced around the world due to persecution, conflict and human rights violations.