WHO Europe commits to disability-inclusive health systems

14/09/2022

At the 72nd session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe, the 53 countries of the WHO European Region adopted “The WHO European framework for action to achieve the highest attainable standard of health for persons with disabilities 2022–2030”. The commitment will see governments in the WHO Europe area work together to ensure that health systems and societies remove barriers for people with disabilities.

The framework sets out four key principles to move the agenda forward:

1. Human rights – people with disabilities should enjoy the same rights on an equal basis with others

2. Universal design – health-care services, equipment, products and environments must be accessible and useable by all people

3. A life-course approach – health services need to consider the needs of people with disabilities in all stages of life

4. Inclusive health systems – disability inclusion should be integrated across all areas in national health systems.

The full framework is available at: https://apps.who.int/iris/handle/10665/360966