Health Days 2022

International Day of Persons with Disabilities


The third of December is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD). On this Day, World Health Organization (WHO) joined partners to celebrate "Day for All". This theme reflects a great understanding that disability is a part of human condition. Despite this, few countries have adequate mechanisms in place to efficiently respond to the needs of persons with disabilities.

As governments and international community continue to combat COVID-19 pandemic, and chart a course forward, it is essential that disability is central to health system planning, development, and decision making.  Strong, effective health systems support robust health emergencies management.


  • Promoting an understanding of disability issues to ensure their rights.
  • Empowering persons with disabilities to live independently.
  • ​Helping them to attain the highest standard of healthcare, without discrimination.
  • Boosting their self-confidence and capabilities through participation in different activities.
  • Involving them fully in all aspects of life and development.
  • Identifying and removing barriers and obstacles to their capabilities.


  • According to WHO, about 15% of the world’s population (over one billion people) experience some form of disability.
  • This number is predicted to rise given population ageing and an increase in prevalence of noncommunicable diseases.
  • In a number of developing countries, people with disabilities have poorer health outcomes, lower education achievements, less economic participation and higher rates of poverty than people without disabilities.
  • COVID-19 pandemic has caused more damage, and an increase in number of people with disabilities due to health and social barriers. 
  • At some points in their life, almost everyone will have a temporary or permanent disability.

Official Date:

Globally: December 3rd, 2022

Locally: Jumada al-awwal 9th, 1444H

(Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world)

Last Update : 07 December 2022 04:00 AM
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