Approximately 426 million people are living with a disability in the developing world with scarce access to basic health and rehabilitation services. Sadly, these figures are set to climb due to a combination of poverty, conflict, child labour, malnutrition, unsafe workplaces, HIV/AIDS, natural disasters and an ageing population.
Disability is both a cause and a consequence of poverty. For the disabled poor, full participation in community life is hindered by social exclusion and limited access to the basic aids and services that would grant them independence. As a result, the ripple of impact cascades to family members and throughout whole communities as people with disabilities are denied education and employment opportunities to reach their full potential.
As well as facilitating the inclusion of those with disabilities in development activities, WRA helps to provide prosthetic devices for those who are missing limbs due to congenital diseases, landmines or accidents. This will allow recipients to take part in everyday life and be active contributors to society.