Editorial According to World Health Organization, at least 10% of the world's population or about  650 million people, live with a disability.  For the cause of people with disabilities  ‘International Day of Persons with Disabilities’ is celebrated on 3 December around the world. This year, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) focuses on the empowerment of persons with disabilities for inclusive, equitable and sustainable development as anticipated target by the year 2030.   On 11 June 2019, Secretary-General António Guterres,  launched the United Nations Disability Inclusion Strategy in line with his commitment to make the United Nations an inclusive organization for all. The Strategy enables the UN system to support the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and other international human rights instruments, as well as the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, the Agenda for Humanity and the ‘Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction’. This framework  aims to achieve the substantial reduction of disaster risk and losses in lives, livelihoods and health and in the economic, physical, social, cultural and environmental assets of persons, businesses, communities and countries.  Thus, this strategy provides the foundation for sustainable and transformative progress on disability inclusion through all pillars of the work of the United Nations: peace and security, human rights, and development.  Community-based rehabilitation (CBR) is a development strategy that is currently implemented in over 90 countries throughout the world to address the needs of people with disabilities and their family members. CBR focuses on four key development areas – health, education, livelihood and social – and promotes mainstreaming and empowerment as per the expectations of WHO.  Health Scan wishes great life to them on the eve of IDPD.  Sudhakara Rao Chief Editor International Day of Persons with Disabilities - 3 December Dentist:  Don’t worry, it will take me only a minute to pull your tooth out.  Patient: And how much will it cost me?  Dentist:200$.  Patient:For a 1 minute job..that much?  Dentist:If you wish, I can pull  it out for one hour...
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