Concluding Observation Committee on the Rights of the Child CRC/C/IRN/CO/3-4 para 68(c) Full recommendation Take immediate measures to ensure that children with disabilities have access to health care, including early detection and intervention programmes. Assessment using Impact Iran human rights indicators1 Adopted in March 2018, the Comprehensive Law on the Protection of Persons with Disabilities guarantees fundamental rights and privileges for persons with disabilities in areas such as access to health care, accessibility, education, rehabilitation, and employment. While the law does not specifically mention children, it protects the rights of all persons with disabilities. According to Article 6 of the Law, the Ministry of Health is required to provide health insurance coverage for persons with disabilities, in addition to the coverage provided by the Welfare Organization.2 Though individuals with disabilities receive coverage from the Ministry of Health and the Welfare Organization, reports indicate it remains limited and that families struggle to pay the extra costs associated with health care services for individuals with special needs.3 The continued struggle to pay for these costs suggests that the health insurance provided by the Health Ministry and the Welfare Organization is insufficient. As of February 2021, a number of programs targeting persons with disabilities are currently implemented in Iran under the supervision of the department of Prevention of the Welfare Organization. They notably include detection and intervention programmes or the Disability Prevention Programs.4 Among them there are: Programs to prevent lazy eyes in order to reduce blindness and low vision; Screening program for diagnosis and intervention during hearing of infants and infants; Disability prevention awareness program; Program for the prevention of disabilities caused by genetic disorders. Statistics provided by the Welfare Organization5 indicate that, in 2019, the Organization registered more than 1,590,000 people with disabilities. These statistics also show that at least 482,000 children with disabilities have been identified through the Community Based 1 CRC.25.S.1; CRC.25.S.2; CRC.28.1.S.1; CRC.28.4.S.1 CRC.25.P.1; CRC.25.P.3; ESCR.13.2.P.2 CRC.25.O.3; ESCR.13.1.O.3 2 < http://www.behzisti.ir/news/11913/ > 3 < https://www.parsnews.com/fa/tiny/news-289989 > and <https://shoaresal.ir/fa/news/81035/ > 4 http://www.behzisti.ir/news/24830/ 5 https://www.behzisti.ir/news/11295/ 1 Commented : As in, only people with disabilities covered by the Welfare Organisation have health insurance coverage? Are they instances of people with disabilities not covered by the Welfare organization who don’t have health insurance coverage? Commented [2R1]: yes, there is, but we don't know how many. This health insurance is like universal insurance that the government provides. The law is forcing the health ministry to incloude this group that already covered (it meant they are registered and receiving benefits from WO) by WO.