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Persons with disabilities can lead active, productive, long and healthy lives as anyone else. They have similar health care needs as the rest of the population and yet, evidence shows that persons with disabilities are often more vulnerable to developing ill health than the general population, as often they do not receive the health care and support they require. Addressing inequalities in accessing and using healthcare services is central to improve the health status of persons with disabilities.
In preparing this report on the right to health of persons with disabilities, the Special Rapporteur with the support of the Government of Finland, hosted an Expert Group Meeting on the right of persons with disabilities to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health in Geneva, Switzerland on 15-16 May 2018. Approximately 25 experts from UN entities, organizations of persons with disabilities, civil society and academia, with a variety of expertise, perspectives, and regional representation participated in the meeting.
A background document was also prepared to provide an overview of the different topics related to the health of persons with disabilities.
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About Special Procedures
About country visits
Biography of current mandate holder
Annual thematic reports
Impact of ableism in medical and scientific research (2020)
Older persons with disabilities (2019)
Deprivation of liberty of persons with disabilities (2019)
Right to health of persons with disabilities (2018)
Legal capacity and supported decision-making (2018)
Sexual and reproductive rights of girls and young women with disabilities (2017)
Indigenous persons with disabilities (2016)
Ms Catalina Devandas AguilarMandate of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities
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