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Mercy Ships Recognizes International Day of Disabled Persons
Date:12/2/2008

to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights, and well-being of persons with disabilities. "Dignity and justice for all of us" is the theme of this year's International Day for Persons with Disabilities, as well as for the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The World Health Organization estimates there are about 600 million disabled people around the world, or about 10 percent of the population. Eighty percent of all disabled people, says the WHO, are in developing countries.

About Mercy Ships:
Over the past 30 years, Mercy Ships has worked in more than 70 countries providing services valued at more than $670 million, directly impacting more than 1.9 million people. More than 850 crew worldwide, representing more than 30 nations, are joined each year by thousands of short-term volunteers. Professionals including surgeons, dentists, nurses, community developers, teachers, cooks, seamen, engineers, and agriculturalists donate their time and skills to the effort. Go to www.mercyships.org

For more information contact:
Pauline Rick
U.S. Public Relations Manager
Mercy Ships
903-939-7649
rickp@mercyships.org
www.mercyships.org

Diane Rickard, Director Media Relations
Mercy Ships International
UK Tel: 44 1438 727 800
rickardd@mercyships.org
www.mercyships.org

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