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This brief provides a comprehensive overview of UNDP Syria’s work on disability inclusion programme.
With the conflict in Syria well into its 11th year, there is an urgent need to adopt a comprehensive, integrated and multidisciplinary approach to disability-inclusive programming. In fact, 28 percent of the total population (aged 2+) in Syria have some form of disability. Evidence from the national assessment of disability in Syria shows that in addition to the provision of medical rehabilitation services, other environmental factors such as physical and social barriers and the mental health of persons with disabilities (PWDs) are priorities to be addressed and require urgent attention.
The decade-long Syria crisis has inflicted immense suffering on the civilian population. Syrians are increasingly challenged to access basic services due to the level of infrastructure destruction left behind by the hostilities and scarce resources, also as a result of massive internal displacement.