ISPO collaborates with a large number of partner organisations to improve the quality of life for persons with impaired mobility.

In addition to the long-term collaboration with the World Health Organisation, ISPO works closely with several partner NGOs on emergency response in post-disaster and conflict situations to ensure access to assistive health technology.

Why improve access to assistive health technology 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 technology or assistive products actually receive an appropriate device.
  • Access to assistive  technologies, including assistive products, is an essential part of the universal right to health.
  • Without access to assistive technology, people may 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/guidelines to improve access to affordable high-quality rehabilitation and mobility products services.