ISPO collaborates with a large number of partner organizations to improve the quality of life for persons with impaired mobility. In addition to the long-term collaboration with the World Health Organization, ISPO works closely with several partner NGOs on emergency response in post-disaster and conflict situations to ensure access to assistive health technology (AHT).
Why collaboration to improve access to AHT matters?
- An estimated 15.6% of the world’s adult population equalling 650 million people have physical impairments requiring prosthetic or orthotic devices and services
- Only 1 in 10 persons who need assistive health technology or assistive health products actually receives an appropriate device.
- Access to health technologies including assistive health products is an essential part of the universal right to health.
- Without access to assistive technology, people remain confined to their homes or institutions – excluded from the outside world, locked into poverty and isolation.
- ISPO commits to continuing its collaborative work with entities such as WHO, and to developing new standards to improve access to affordable high-quality technologies and devices.