WHO Rehabilitation in health systems: guide for action
The WHO Rehabilitation in health systems: guide for action is a set of resources that support countries to strengthen the provision of quality rehabilitation at all levels of the health system. Over 2018-2019, the Guide is being rolled out in several countries, including Botswana, Myanmar, Jordan, Soloman Islands, Sri Lanka, Haiti and Guyana, amongst others as part of a process of developing action-orientated national strategic plans and policies for rehabilitation.
Ensuring early access to rehabilitation in emergencies
Emergencies, particularly sudden-onset disasters and situations of conflict, can result in a surge of rehabilitation needs. Integrating rehabilitation into emergency medical teams (EMTs) and specialized care teams for spinal cord injury and burns is one mechanism to help ensure that people injured in emergencies get access to timely, quality rehabilitation services that will enable them to have the best outcome possible.
Increasing access to assistive technology in less-resourced settings
In many low- and middle-income countries, only 5-15% of people who require assistive products have access to them. These products can have a substantial impact on a person’s functioning and well-being. WHO has produced guidelines and training packages to improve access to wheelchairs in resources-poor setting and is working to improve access to quality assistive products through the GATE initiative.
Rehabilitation 2030: A Call for Action - where are we now?
Since its inauguration, the momentum of the Rehabilitation 2030: A call for action initiative continues, and has seen a number of activities in different regions of the world. In 2017-2018 regional meetings of the Rehabilitation 2030: A Call for Action have taken place in South-East Asia, the Americas, and the Western Pacific Region. A second global Rehabilitation 2030 meeting is also set to take place in 2019.
Rehabilitation activities at the Global Conference on Primary Health Care
The Global Conference on Primary Health Care in Astana Kazakhstan on 25-26 October 2018, brought together delegates from around the world to renew commitments to primary health care as a strategy to achieve UHC and SDGs. The WHO rehabilitation programme submitted a background paper, and coordinated a parallel session, cafe session and exhibit on rehabilitation. These sessions involved panelists from Ministry of Health, governments, professional organizations and other health experts.
Access to services
Less than 10 per 1 millionDensity of skilled rehabilitation practitioners is less than 10 per 1 million population in many low- and middle-income countriesRead more
Demand for services
75% of YLDs75% of the total number of years lived with disability in the world are linked to health conditions for which rehabilitation is beneficialRead more
23% increaseThe prevalence of health conditions associated with severe disability has increased by 23% since 2005Read more