September 30, 2022

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UNICEF warns of disabilities experienced by children with disabilities

The global body urged governments to promote health, nutrition and water services; And equal education for children with disabilities.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Wednesday warned of child welfare deficiencies and vulnerabilities, with nearly 240 million children worldwide with disabilities compared to their peers.

In its latest report, UNICEF examined more than 60 comparable indicators of child well-being in 42 countries, including nutrition and health, water and sanitation, protection against violence and exploitation, and education. Others.

Study data show that children with disabilities (one in ten on the planet) are 24 percent less likely to receive early stimuli and responsive care; 42 percent less likely to acquire basic reading and numeracy skills; 25 more chances to waste.

With that the chances of a 34 per cent growth slowdown are high; The chance of having symptoms of an acute respiratory infection is 53 percent higher; 49 times did not go to school; And 32 percent experience severe corporal punishment.

UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore noted that children with disabilities face many complex challenges in exercising their rights. From accessing education, to studying at home, they are less likely to be included or heard of in almost every level. Often they retreat. “

For her part, Maria Alexandrova, a 20-year-old transgender and UNICEF youth advocate for inclusive education in Bulgaria, said, “No child, especially the most vulnerable, has to fight only for their basic human rights. We need governments, partners and NGOs to ensure equal and inclusive access to education for children with disabilities.” Required.

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The World Health Organization recommends that states work with this group of people to eliminate barriers to physical, communication, and access to people with disabilities.

In addition to promoting sanitation, nutrition and water services for them; Equal education; And access to assistive technologies; As well as working to eliminate stigma and discrimination in communities, among other activities that support the achievement of equality between children with disabilities and children without any disability.