Vietnam has high rate of people with disabilities in Asia-Pacific region

Wednesday, 2014-12-03 17:18:26
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Delegates at the ceremony marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3) and Vietnam’s ratification of the United National Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) (October 22, 2007)
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NDO – Vietnam has around 7 million people with disabilities, accounting 7.8 percent of its population, among the highest number in the Asia-Pacific region.

The statistic was released at a ceremony held in Hanoi on December 3 to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3) and Vietnam’s ratification of the United National Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) (October 22, 2007).

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam attended the event,held by the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs, in co-ordination with many international organisations in Vietnam including United Nations Children's Fund's (UNICEF), Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

According to the UN, there are about 700 million to one billion people with disabilities in the world, accounting for 10 -15 percent of population and 20 percent of the poorest people. It is difficult for them to access to education, employment, healthcare and social assistance services.

In addition to ratification of the UN’s CRPD, Vietnam has issued and developed the Law on People with Disabilities to ensure their rights and promote their participation in all fields of social life. The efforts are expected to help people with disabilities to improve their quality of life and empower them to integrate into the community.

Vietnam has also actively contributed to international organisations to promote human rights, particularly in people with disabilities.

Addressing the ceremony, the Deputy PM Dam affirmed that all people, regardless of physical or mental disabilities, are highly valued and respected.

He also gave thanks to international and domestic organisations and individuals who have significantly contributed to bringing support to people with disabilities in Vietnam.