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Zhang Haidi talks about disability prevention and rehabilitation

Time: 2023-03-08 09:59:32Views: Source: BFA

On the morning of June 2, Zhang Haidi, Chairman of China Disabled Persons' Federation and Chairman of Rehabilitation International, delivered a speech at the plenary of Global Health Forum of Boao Forum for Asia, entitled " Health in All Policies".


Zhang Haidi said that we are still in a worldwide pandemic, but I believe that human beings will overcome difficulties finally, and the development and progress of science and technology will bring people a better tomorrow. China Disabled Persons' Federation will continue to help the disabled have more access to better rehabilitation services so that more of them can realize their desire to integrate into society.


Maintaining human health is our common responsibility. We must fully protect the health rights of people with disabilities. People must live healthy even if they are disabled. We should help reduce other diseases and improve the quality of their life. The real sense of happiness comes from physical health. We must do a good job in the prevention and rehabilitation of disability, especially the rescue and rehabilitation of disabled children. Last year, Rehabilitation International supported the World Health Organization to publish the World Report on Hearing, and in the future we should continue to promote the publication of related disability reports, and make efforts to advance scientific understanding of disability, disability prevention and disability rehabilitation.


There are 85 million disabled people and 44 million disabled and semi-disabled elderly people in China. Rehabilitation is an urgent need for the disabled and the elderly, and we should call for the government to expand rehabilitation services, improve the quality of rehabilitation, and strive for the goal of rehabilitation services for all as proposed by General Secretary Xi Jinping. Currently, we are formulating the National Plan for the Protection and Development of Persons with Disabilities for the 14th Five-Year Plan, in which the main goal is to safeguard the right to health of persons with disabilities.


To improve the quality of rehabilitation services, we must rely on talents. For a long time, there has been a shortage of rehabilitation professionals in our country, especially in the vast rural areas. In 2015, the China Disabled Persons' Federation began to build the University of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences to produce much-needed rehabilitation professionals. In June 2019, the University of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences settled in Qingdao, and in the past two years, the construction of the rehabilitation university had received strong support from various parties, and the work of setting up the disciplines and building the team of the rehabilitation university was accelerated. Rehabilitation is an important part of Healthy China Initiative and holds the expectation of thousands of families. We sincerely hope that you will support the University of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and believe that it will bring new hope for people with disabilities.