Enabling A Better Life
Wheelchair provision is not only about the wheelchair, which is just a product. Rather, it is about enabling people with disabilities to become mobile, remain healthy and participate fully in community life. A wheelchair is the catalyst to increased independence and social integration…(*) * (from Guidelines on the provision of Manual Wheelchairs in less resourced settings- World Health Organization 2008).
Child waves in wheelchair of hope
Children in Vietnam in wheelchairs
Global Numbers
It is estimated that about 1% of the total population or 10% of the disabled population need wheelchairs, i.e. about 65 million people worldwide.
Lack Of Accessibility
About 20 million of those requiring a wheelchair for mobility do not have access to them.
Mother wheels child in wheelchair of hope
Education And Integration
Out of which, 25% are CHILDREN around the world. Most of them will not attend schools or have access to formal education. *(from Guidelines on the provision of Manual Wheelchairs in less resourced settings- World Health Organization 2008).