|More than one billion people in the world live with some form of disability, of whom nearly 200 million experience considerable difficulties in functioning. In the years ahead, disability will be an even greater concern because its prevalence is on the rise. This is due to ageing populations and the higher risk of disability in older people as well as the global increase in chronic health conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and mental health disorders.
According to the China Disabled Persons’ Federation (CDPF), the population with disabilities reached 85 million in 2010, counting 6.34% of the total. The disabling barriers including poorer health outcome, lower educational achievements, less economic participation, higher rates of poverty, increased dependency and restricted participation, populations with disabilities are lacking in high quality healthcare and the relevant financial protection.We are inviting Yibao (“益宝”), a social enterprise rooted in China, to share their exciting journey of building financial protections for the populations with disabilities, including the online platform for the specific financial products, their on-ground financial education courses with social workers and local communities, as well as a professional database that in the future would support the product innovation. They also completed a Report on the Assessment of Disability Accessibility of Commercial Insurance early this year.
Dr. ZHOU Ling, Founder and CEO, Yibao
Mr. ZHENG Yu, Commercial Director, Yibao
Ms. Pearl (Yue) XU, Assistant Director, Startup Alliance and Programs, ACCESS Health International China
Ms. Sejal Mistry, Regional Director, ACCESS Health International Southeast Asia