Essential Reading from the Rehabilitation Resource Repository (Latest Uploads)

This is a first of it’s kind repository and is the place for you to go if you need guidance and frameworks focussing on rehabilitation.

This aim of the ReLAB-HS Rehabilitation Resource Repository is to improve discoverability of and access to high quality rehabilitation related publications that have been created by organisations in support of the development and delivery of rehabilitation services and their integration within health systems.

New resources are being added to the repository daily in keeping with the scope and inclusion criteria set out. Below are 4 top must-read resources added in the past month.

Learning Health Systems: Pathways to Progress

Learning – at individual, team, organization and cross-organization levels – is fundamental to health systems strengthening and the achievement of health goals. Yet, many health systems, especially in LMICs, still do not have adequate capacity to generate and use the knowledge that they need to be effective. Investments in learning activities tend to be a remarkably small proportion of overall investments in health programmes and systems, and learning-focused activities have historically not found place or favour in budgets when compared with other health system priorities.

This report advances a comprehensive understanding of what is meant by – and how to create – learning health systems. It outlines the benefits of learning health systems and the actions needed to build such systems.

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Essential Management Package for Strengthening Physical Rehabilitation Centers

The Essential Management Package (EMP) is a toolkit of proven leadership development approaches that has been tailored for use by physical rehabilitation centers or other organizations providing services to people with disabilities. It consists of the following components:

  1. The Essential Management Systems Assessment Tool (EMSAT) and User Guide: a participatory assessment tool organizations can use to evaluate the state of development of their core management systems;
  2. The Essential Management Systems Manual: a standardized model for procedures to strengthen management processes and systems;
  3. EMP Leadership Development Modules: a 10 module series of 4-hour leadership development and problem solving sessions that has been adapted from MSH’s proven Leadership Development Program Plus.

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Gender and Rehabilitation

Sex and gender matter in interventions and research for rehabilitation within health systems because females, males, and intersex people have different biologies—and women, men, and gender minorities have different gendered social experiences—that affect their health behaviors, opportunities, and outcomes.

It is important that rehabilitation care, like other forms of service delivery, is contextualized within the broader context of gendered health systems. This report clearly lays out the state of the matter and is an essential read for all clinicians working clinically.

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Disability and Gender Analysis Toolkit

Christian Blind Mission’s (CBM) Disability and Gender Analysis Toolkit has been developed to support staff, partners and allies in strengthening capacity to address systemic and deeply entrenched discriminatory practices and specifically to meet their Programme Quality Standards.

It provides practical tools for stronger disability and gender analysis to inform planning, practice and systems. The toolkit provides practical assessment templates and guidance for individuals, organisations and programmes to identify strengths and gaps and to develop focussed action plans to improve practice.

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