Gavin Gough
Editorial, Humanitarian & Travel Photographer
Li Qingming, UN ESCAP, China

UN ESCAP in China

Development, NGO Client

The Social Development Division of the UN ESCAP agency promotes the rights of vulnerable social groups.

Li Qingming, UN ESCAP, China

Li Qingming, UN ESCAP, China

Li lost both of his arms in an industrial accident. Support from the Disabled Persons' Federation allowed him to open a shop, not only providing practical support but also helping him to integrate into the local community.

A community based rehabilitation programme has helped Li learn how to order stock, using a pen in his mouth or between his toes to operate a computer.

Li Qingming, UN ESCAP, China

Li Qingming, UN ESCAP, China

Li has recently married. He and his wife have a daughter, who receives extra tuition from a CBR field worker. The family now run a successful business in Kunming, China.

Li Haiming, UN ESCAP, China

Li Haiming, UN ESCAP, China

Li had an accident at the age of two, which caused osteomyelitis and, eventually, the loss of his left leg. His artificial limb allows him to lead an active life and he can still ride his motorcycle.

Li Haiming, UN ESCAP, China

Li Haiming, UN ESCAP, China

Despite losing his leg, Li's artificial limb allows him to lead an active life and he still maintains a thriving vegetable garden.

Xiong Zhengfa, UN ESCAP, China

Xiong Zhengfa, UN ESCAP, China

Xiong's leg was badly injured in an industrial accident at a factory. Support from the local Disabied Persons' Federation has allowed him to retrain as a farmer and provided the skills required to manage an orchard on his farm.

Xiong Zhengfa, UN ESCAP, China

Xiong Zhengfa, UN ESCAP, China

Xiong holds a handful of peaches grown in his orchard. The training he received from the local Disabled Persons' Federation has enabled him to retrain as a farmer.

Feng Yaoxu, UN ESCAP, China

Feng Yaoxu, UN ESCAP, China

Feng suffers from cerebral palsy and autism but, with the support of his parents, the CBM field workers and the local Disabled Persons' Federation, he has learned to walk.

Feng Yaoxu, UN ESCAP, China

Feng Yaoxu, UN ESCAP, China

Feng receives daily physical therapy sessions and, despite suffering from cerebral palsy and autism, has been able to stay at home with his parents, who provide around-the-clock support and attention.

Tam Yang, UN ESCAP, China

Tam Yang, UN ESCAP, China

40 days after his birth, Tam Yang suffered an intracranial haemorrhage and was later diagnosed with cerebral palsy. The family faced numerous obstacles but have found support and encouragement from the CBM community based rehabilitation project.

Tam Yang, UN ESCAP, China

Tam Yang, UN ESCAP, China

Tam Yang suffers from cerebral palsy and has visual, hearing, physical and intellectual impairments. The CMB have provided counselling and guidance to Tam's parents and have contributed to a comprehensive rehabilitation plan in collaboration with Tam's doctors, extended family and the local Disabled Persons' Federation.

Tam Yang, UN ESCAP, China

Tam Yang, UN ESCAP, China

Despite suffering from cerebral palsy, Tam has been able to make significant progress. He receives daily physical therapy from his mother and CBM filed workers. His mother says, "No matter what happened to Tam, we would never give up".

Wang Hairong, UN ESCAP, China

Wang Hairong, UN ESCAP, China

Wang suffers from disabilities caused by polio but is able to run a successful repair shop and retains mobility courtesy of a three-wheeled chair provided by the local Disabled persons' Federation.

Wang Hairong, UN ESCAP, China

Wang Hairong, UN ESCAP, China

Even though Wang, who had polio, cannot easily visit his customers, they bring electrical items to his shop for repair. The shop was donated by the local Disabled Persons' Federation. Wang's son is studying at university on a scholarship provided by the DPF.

Duan Yuehua, UN ESCAP, China

Duan Yuehua, UN ESCAP, China

Duan is described as a "local legend" by friends and neighbours. He became blind at the age of 40 years after suffering glaucoma. He said "I felt bad because I could not see. I felt troubled because I was unable to do simple tasks". As a result of various therapeutic services, Duan now walks with a cane and has a cleaning job at a local college, where his daughter works as a teacher. He has learned to play the flute, the cucurbit and Chinese cello. He says, "I am so happy because I've started working and my family is very happy for me. I encourage people who learn from the miracle that has fallen over me".

University of the Third Age, UN ESCAP, China

University of the Third Age, UN ESCAP, China

Students at a University of the Third Age (U3A) perform traditional Tai Chi moves during a performance. Universities provide learning and social classes for retired and elderly citizens.

University of the Third Age, UN ESCAP, China

University of the Third Age, UN ESCAP, China

An elderly woman studies a foreign language in a language lab at a University of the Third Age (U3A). Older people can learn new languages and many other skills with state-of-the-art technology.

University of the Third Age, UN ESCAP, China

University of the Third Age, UN ESCAP, China

A woman singing during a rehearsal at a University of the Third Age (U3A). Older citizens can take advantage of any one of dozens of different classes.

University of the Third Age, UN ESCAP, China

University of the Third Age, UN ESCAP, China

A woman learning to play the piano on an electronic keyboard during a class at a University of the Third Age (U3A).

University of the Third Age, UN ESCAP, China

University of the Third Age, UN ESCAP, China

Students rehearse a traditional Chinese dance performance at a University of the Third Age (U3A).