Strengthening Rehabilitation in Health Systems -May 25, 2023

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We are pleased to invite you to the event “Strengthening Rehabilitation in Health Systems – Responding to the new WHA Resolution”, on the sidelines of the Seventy-sixth World Health Assembly.

The event will take place at the Auditorium (Domaine de la Pastorale, Route de Ferney 106, Geneva) on 25 May 2023, from 18:30 to 19:30 CET. It will be followed by a light reception. The event will also be live-streamed.

The event will be in English. Captioning (CART) in English and French will be provided.

Register here to attend in person or online

Discussions around rehabilitation in global health are timely, as the first-ever resolution on rehabilitation is on the agenda for adoption at the Seventy-sixth World Health Assembly.

Estimates indicate that over 2.4 billion people, globally, live with health conditions that would benefit from rehabilitation. This number is growing due to ageing, the increased prevalence of non-communicable and chronic diseases, and injuries. However, more than 50% of people do not have access to the rehabilitation services they need, particularly in low-income countries and in fragile settings. Responding to the growing unmet need by stepping up efforts to deliver quality rehabilitation interventions for everyone in need and everywhere is not optional but a must.

While spotlighting the relevance of the WHA Resolution on rehabilitation and how it will impact on worldwide policy-making and global health, the interactive panel will discuss advances and challenges in integrating rehabilitation into health systems.

Speakers include: Dr. Albert Marti (European Spinal Cord Injury Federation), Prof. Dr. Gerold Stucki (WHO Collaborating Center in Luzern), Dr. Helena Šingliarová (University Hospital Bratislava), Prof. Marta Imamura (WHO Collaborating Center in Sao Paulo), Meirav Eilon Shahar (Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva), Prof. Dr. Stefano Negrini (Cochrane Rehabilitation Director), and a representative from the WHO Secretariat.

Please register via this form by 18 May, for either in-person or online attendance:

The event is co-organised by: the Permanent Mission of Brazil; the Permanent Mission of Colombia; the Permanent Mission of Croatia; the Permanent Mission of Israel; the Permanent Mission of Slovakia; the WHO Collaborating Centre for Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology, at the Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine Institute of the University of Sao Paulo Medical School General Hospital; the WHO Collaborating Centre for Rehabilitation in Global Health Systems at the University of Luzern; American Speech-Language-Hearing Association; Humanity & Inclusion; International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics; International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine; International Spinal Cord Society; World Federation of Chiropractic; World Federation of Occupational Therapists; and World Physiotherapy. It is also supported by Cochrane and the ReLAB-HS Consortium.