WHO calls for case studies and personal stories for guidelines on health-related rehabilitation

WHO has called for organisations and individuals from low and middle income countries to contribute case studies and personal experiences (both positive and negative) regarding heath-related rehabilitation to forthcoming guidelines on health-related rehabilitation which are currently under development. 

The guidelines on health-related rehabilitation, currently under development by the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners, aim to provide guidance to governments and other relevant actors on how to develop, expand and improve the quality of rehabilitation services (including assistive technology) in less-resourced settings in line with the recommendations of the World report on disability (in particular chapter four of the report on “Rehabilitation”). They will also support the implementation of the rehabilitation aspects of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the WHO global disability action plan 2014-2021: Better health for all people with disability. The guidelines, which will be released in 2015, will position rehabilitation within the context of universal health coverage and the WHO “Framework for Action” for strengthening health systems, which consists of six clearly defined building blocks: leadership and governance; service delivery; human resources; medical products and technologies; financing; and information systems.

WHO welcomes contributions from all stakeholders, in particular those from low- and middle-income countries. It would be great if we can get some physiotherapy and physical therapy related reports from rehabilitation providers. The due date for submissions for both case studies and personal stories is 20 July 2014. Please use the forms below to help guide preparation of your submission. Once complete, please send the forms to Rachel Mackenzie on [email protected].

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