2.7% of Palestinians Live with Disability, says UN Resident Coordinator

JERUSALEM, December 3, 2014 (WAFA) – United Nations Resident Coordinator, James W. Rawley, said on Wednesday that more than 110,000 Palestinians, around 2.7 % of the total population, are living with a disability.


In a statement issued on the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disability, Rawley, on Behalf of the UN Country Team, said that since more Palestinians suffer from non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, stroke, lung disease and cancer, the number of adults with disabilities is likely to increase.


An additional 1,000 Palestinians have a disability as a result of the devastating 50-day conflict in Gaza during the summer of 2014, added the statement.


Rawley called for the physical, social, economic and attitudinal barriers facing persons with disabilities around the world to be overcome through systematic reforms in policy measures, regulations, programs, and services that promote and protect their rights while ensuring their social inclusion and reintegration.


This year, the State of Palestine also became a party to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability, joining over 150 countries that are working to create a more inclusive environment.


“While recognizing that challenges remain, we reiterate our commitment to do all that we can to ensure the Rights of Persons with Disability are respected and their