People with disabilities are among the poorest in the world. A combination of people’s attitudes, poor legislation and a physically limiting environment can also stop people with disabilities from having the same opportunities as everyone else. CBM believes disability is a human rights issue and poverty is a global issue.
Disability is more common among women, older people and children and adults who are poor.
People with disabilities often don’t receive needed healthcare.
Children with disabilities are less likely to attend school than non-disabled children.
People with disabilities are more likely to be unemployed than non-disabled people.
CBM’s program and initiatives are driven by some stark facts:
One in seven of us has a disability — that is more than a billion people around the world, 80% of whom live in developing countries.
One in five (20%) of the poorest people living in developing countries has a disability.
There is a vicious cycle of poverty and disability. If you are poor, you are much more likely to have a disability because of poor nutrition and unsafe working conditions, as well as lack of access to medical care, clean water and sanitation. The discrimination and exclusion faced by people with disabilities in health, education and livelihood, for example, results in increased risk of vulnerability and the likelihood to become and stay poor.
Millions of people with disabilities are currently affected by humanitarian crises. People with disabilities are the most likely to be worst affected and least likely to get help.
The COVID-19 crisis is disproportionately affecting people with disabilities. Some of the key issues include a lack of accessible life-saving public health information, lack of support in putting hygiene measures into practice, lack of accessible health facilities, and in some countries, negative attitudes and vaccine access.
The Cycle: Explained
Poverty and disability go hand in hand creating a cycle of inequality, isolation and exclusion that leads to the most extreme forms of poverty.
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