Analysis of Wheelchair Need

(Bolivia – 2008)

How many people are there in the world?

  • There are 7,091,500,000 people in the world (as of January 13,2013)
    • Approximately 1,000,000,000 people live in the 34 ‘developed countries’
    • The remaining 6,091,500,000 live in the 156 ‘developing countries’
  • There are approximately 340,500 births each day in the world
  • Approximately 153,000 people die each day in the world
  • Therefore the world population increases by 187,500 every day
    • See www.worldometers.info/world-population

How many people in the world have a physical disability and require a wheelchair?

  • In the 34 developed countries it is estimated that 1% or 10,000,000 people require a wheelchair
  • In the 156 developing countries it is estimated that at least 2% or 121,800,000 people require a wheelchair
  • Overall, of the 7,091,500,000 people in the world, approximately 131,800,000 or 1.85% require a wheelchair

Of the people that have a physical disability, how many have access to a wheelchair?

  • In developed countries more than 95% of people who require a wheelchair have access to one
  • In developing countries less than 10% of people who require a wheelchair have access to one

So how many people in the world need a wheelchair but don’t have one?

  • In the developed countries the number is less than 500,000 (5% of 10 million)
  • In the developing countries the number is at least 109,620,000 (90% of 121.8 million)
  • The total is just over 110,000,000

How is the need for wheelchairs changing?

  • With the world population increasing by 187,500 each day, there is an additional need for almost 3,500 wheelchairs every day (1.85% of the world population)
  • That means that every hour of every day, 24 hours a day, there is the need for 145 more wheelchairs in the world

What can we do about the need for wheelchairs in the world?

  • Since its inception in 2000, the Wheelchair Foundation based in Danville, CA has distributed more than 950,000 wheelchairs in over 155 countries (as of April, 2014).
  • The sponsors of this school project (Don & Josh Routh and Bill Wheeler) have made 21 trips to twelve countries in Latin America and have delivered 6,600 wheelchairs.
  • Each wheelchair costs $150 to manufacture (in China) and ship to one of the developing countries.
  • 280 wheelchairs fit into an ocean freight container so we need to raise $42,000 ($150 x 280) among all the schools.
  • The wheelchairs you are raising money for now will be delivered to the people of various countries in Latin America.