A case for social protection

Reducing poverty through support for children with disabilities and their families

Int'l Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2023


Nearly 10.8 million children in Europe and Central Asia have disabilities, accounting for 1 in 17 children across the region. Their opportunity to lead fulfilling lives and fully and fairly participate in society depends on the extent to which they are supported and included in their homes, schools and communities.

The exclusion of people with disabilities has a significant cost for individuals, households and societies. The World Bank has estimated that people with disabilities may account for as many as one in five of the world’s poorest people. Families raising children with disabilities are more vulnerable to poverty due to disability associated costs and lost earning opportunities from having to care for their children.

This International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, UNICEF is calling for inclusive social protection for children with disabilities.

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