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National Policy on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Persons with Disabilities with emphasis on Women and Girls

More than a billion people are estimated to live with some form of disability, or about 15% of the world's population (based on 2010 global population estimates). Based on the World Report on Disability (2011), approximately 25 million Nigerians live with a disability with 3.6 million of them having very significant difficulties in functioning. According to a report by Disability Rights Advocacy Center (DRAC)2, it is estimated that about 13 million of this population are women and girls.

The Federal Ministry of Women Affairs in its Report of the National Baseline Survey on Persons with disabilities3 estimates a national prevalence of 3.2% indicating that 4.8 million people are living with disabilities. According to the survey, the lowest prevalence of disability is in the FCT (0.6%) while highest prevalence of 22.2% is in Sokoto State. Regional variations indicate that the North-West geopolitical zone recorded the highest prevalence of 5.0% followed by the South-East (4.5%), South- South 2.6%, North-East 2.4% and South-West 2.1%. Many Organizations of Persons with Disabilities, Civil Society Organizations and Development Partners dispute the findings of the survey alluding that the scope of the disability challenge in Nigeria has been grossly underestimated. However, a casual observation of the number of persons with disabilities who are destitute, beggars and homeless people across our cities and rural communities are indicative that disability remains a huge challenge in the country.


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