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I want to start with expressing my deep sorrow and grief over the loss of precious human lives and property caused by a disastrous earthquake in Nepal and eastern India on behalf of PDPI and Estanara Group and also want to assure that we are standing with them in this time of pain with all our support. This is really …

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Public Places, Hospitals and also the Religious Places Remained Unwelcome to the Persons with Disabilities in Karachi-Pakistan

For the whole 364 days of the year persons with disabilities in Pakistan rarely been observed on the radar of any government policies, development plans and any program which targets the improvement in  quality of life of this marginalized 10 percent of its population. 'Disability' often is not a priority of mainstream development policies, and the disability perspective is usually …

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Family in Wheelchairs 01

Family in Wheelchairs

Having a mom in a wheelchair isn’t any different from having a mom that could walk. Even though your mom is in a wheelchair doesn’t mean you love her any less. It doesn’t mean you can’t do anything with her. You can do the same things with your mom in a wheelchair. Being in a wheelchair doesn’t make moms useless. …

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Direct probing of brain reveals multiple regions cause tinnitus 01

Direct Probing of Brain Reveals Multiple Regions Cause Tinnitus

What's that buzzing sound? (Image: Dex Image/Getty) Constant ringing in your ear? Scientists may be able to identify the cause of tinnitus, after peeking inside the brain of a man with the condition for the first time. Tinnitus is the debilitating sensation of a high-pitched noise without any apparent source. It can be permanent or fleeting, and affects at least …

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First human head transplant could happen in two years 01

First Human Head Transplant Could Happen in Two Years

Which one is you, though? (Image: Dimitri Otis/Getty)  A radical plan for transplanting a head onto someone else’s body is set to be announced. But is such ethically sensitive surgery even feasible? IT'S heady stuff. The world's first attempt to transplant a human head will be launched this year at a surgical conference in the US. The move is a …

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Gene editing could prevent mitochondrial disease in children 01

Gene Editing Could Prevent Mitochondrial Disease in Children

Molecules set to work to eliminate mutated DNA from mitochondria (yellow) in an egg (Image: Salk Institute) Gene-editing has been used to remove faulty mitochondria in mouse egg cells, leaving mostly healthy ones to be passed to the next generation. The technique could be used to stop mothers from passing on some harmful diseases to their children. It is the …

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World's first malaria vaccine could be rolled out by end of year 01

World's First Malaria Vaccine Could be Rolled Out by End of Year

Safety net (Image: Ton Koene/Visuals Unlimited/Corbis)  A disease that kills around 1300 children each day in sub-Saharan Africa may shortly be on the run, thanks to promising results from what could become the world's first vaccine against malaria – and the first against a parasitic disease. Developers of the vaccine are hopeful that in the wake of the results, it …

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Brain compass implant gives blind rats psychic GPS 01

Brain Compass Implant Gives Blind Rats Psychic GPS

It might be cheesy, but this mouse has a 6th sense Who needs sight to get around when you've got a digital compass in your head? A neuroprosthesis that feeds geomagnetic signals into the brains of blind rats has enabled them to navigate around a maze. The results demonstrate that the rats could rapidly learn to deploy a completely unnatural …

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CRPD Considers Initial Report of Mongolia 02

CRPD Considers Initial Report of Mongolia

The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities yesterday and today considered the initial report of Mongolia on its implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Munkhbaatar Begzjav, Deputy Minister for Population Development and Social Protection of Mongolia, said that persons with disabilities constituted some 3.3 per cent of the population and the Action Plan …

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Somalia must protect people with disabilities 02

Somalia Must Protect People with Disabilities

More than two decades of conflict, inadequate health services and discrimination have left people with disabilities in Somalia at risk of forced marriage, violence, rape and repeated forced evictions, said Amnesty International in a new briefing published today. The briefing, Somalia: Prioritise Protection for People with disabilities, reveals how lack of protection, underpinned by discrimination by families, the public and …

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Women and Girls With Disabilities 02

"Women and Girls with Disabilities" What We Want from the Post 2015 and International Fora?

Geneva, 21 April 2015 – Last Friday, 17 April, Her Excellency Ms Paivi Kairamo, Permanente Representative of Finland to the UN in Geneva, hosted a lunch meeting with the aim to listen from Maryanne Diamond, IDA Chair, Catalina Devandas, Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, and Maria Soledad Cisternas, Chair of the CRPD Committee, what women and girls with disabilities want …

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Survey to find out condition of women in mental asylums 01

Survey to Find Out Condition of Women in Mental Asylums

Delhi: The government has commissioned a survey to determine the condition of women who are abandoned by their family members in mental asylums to deprive them of property rights. The Women and Child Development Ministry has asked National Commission for Women (NCW) to do a survey on the number of women in mental institutions despite being normal. "I have asked …

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Coastal DPO Alliance Addresses Climate Change 01

Coastal DPO Alliance Addresses Climate Change

Bangladesh is recognized as one of the countries most vulnerable to climate risk. Global warming and sea level rise; hazards such as cyclones, flooding, land erosion, water logging, and salinity intrusion in soil and water are already affecting livelihoods dependent upon subsistence agriculture and small-scale fisheries. The coastal belt of Bangladesh, where DRF grantee Coastal DPO Alliance (CDA) works is …

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Take Precautionary Measures to Avoid Infections During Hospital Visits 01

Take Precautionary Measures to Avoid Infections During Hospital Visits

Healthcare facilities looking to establish precautions for visitors of patients with infectious diseases have been provided with fresh guidance by Infectious diseases experts . The guidance seeks to reduce the potential for healthcare visitors in spreading dangerous bacteria within the healthcare facility and community. "Visitors have initiated or been involved in healthcare-associated infection outbreaks, but it is unknown to what …

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Adult-Derived Stem Cell Injection May Soon Reverse Age-Related Vision Loss 01

Adult-Derived Stem Cell Injection May Soon Reverse Age-Related Vision Loss

An injection of stem cells into the eye that may soon slow or reverse the effects of early-stage age-related macular degeneration, reveals a new study. Adult-Derived Stem Cell Injection May Soon Reverse Age-Related Vision Loss Lead author Shaomei Wang of Cedars-Sinai said that this is the first study to show preservation of vision after a single injection of adult-derived human …

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Why Using a Wheelchair Is the Opposite of Giving Up 02

Why Using a Wheelchair is the Opposite of Giving Up

When your child is first diagnosed with a disability, I imagine it’s confusing. There are lots of signs and arrows. Lots of opinions. Lots of doctors. Lots of gadgets. Lots of people who think they know the next “right thing.” And somewhere in there, you’re trying to do the right thing. It’s certainly not a perfect science, and navigating can …

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Read the story of Rahul G. Kelapure who turned his disability into success 01

Read the story of Rahul G. Kelapure Who Turned His Disability Into Success

"Spirit is an inborn quality, least dependant on the outer capabilities.” This has been aptly proved by a visually-challenged man Rahul Gunwant Kelapure, who apart from being at a senior position in SEBI (The Securities and Exchange Board of India) is also a recipient of the Young Achievers Award (by AOF) last year. Rahul leads the Enforcement Department of the …

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Prefecture puts effort into disability sports 01

Prefecture Puts Effort Into Disability Sports

Tottori Prefecture:   The Tottori Prefecture Office in western Japan has established the conference related to the sports promotion for the special support school students to plan for their competitive ability improvement at the school and substantiality of the sports especially for the national disabilities sports event and the paralympics, holding the first meeting on April 14.   Total of …

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