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DISABILITY AND NON COMMUNICABLE DISEASES

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An estimated 1 billion people, or 15% of the world’s population, have a disability 1, and
the increase in diabetes, cardiovascular diseases (heart disease and stroke), mental
disorders, cancer, and chronic respiratory illnesses, will have a profound affect on this
population. According to the World Report on Disability, these diseases are estimated to
account for 66.5% of all years lived with a disability in low and medium resource
countries2.

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