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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

66顺彩票appEmergencies, 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

66顺彩票appIn 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?

66顺彩票appSince 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

66顺彩票appThe 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.

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Access to services

Less than 10 per 1 million66顺彩票appDensity of skilled rehabilitation practitioners is less than 10 per 1 million population in many low- and middle-income countries

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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 beneficial

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23% increase66顺彩票appThe prevalence of health conditions associated with severe disability has increased by 23% since 2005

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Rehabilitation 2030

In February 2017 WHO hosted Rehabilitation 2030: a call for action, which brought together over 200 rehabilitation experts from 46 different countries. The meeting highlighted the profound unmet needs for rehabilitation worldwide, calling for concerted and coordinated global action by all stakeholders to scale up rehabilitation. A Second Global Rehabilitation 2030 Meeting is scheduled to take place on 8-9 July 2019 at WHO Headquarters. A number of WHO projects are currently underway, aiming to strengthen health systems to provide rehabilitation.

Rehabilitation in health systems

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Emergency medical teams: minimum technical standards and recommendations for rehabilitation

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