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WHO set to change P&O Service Delivery through kick off at ISPO World Congress in South Africa

Saturday 10 June 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kasia Duchna
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In 2015, ISPO, in partnership with WHO and with support from USAID, began the design and development of a new set of guidelines, Standards for Prosthetics and Orthotic Service Provision. ISPO and WHO launched  these guidelines at the 2017 ISPO World Congress in Cape Town. 

ISPO was honoured to welcome Dr. Alarcos Cieza, Head of the WHO Department for Disability and Rehabilitation, who gave a preview of the new WHO Standards for P&O Service Provision.

Dr. Cieza explained that the Service Standards were developed, with the ultimate goal of strengthening  health systems to provide P&O services to users. She explained that multidisciplinary P&O care needs to be integrated into every level of healthcare -- acute, long-term, primary, secondary and tertiary care.

By providing guidance and mentorship to stakeholders in all countries to develop and expand quality P&O services, the WHO Standards are a significant milestone for the entire P&O sector, particularly in developing countries where lack of resources and disability are closely associated.

The Service Standards aim to make P&O care available, effective, and efficient. There is a total of 60 Standards that give recommendations on:

  • 15 on Policy
  • 9 on Products
  • 12 on Personnel
  • 24 on Provision

In addition to the Standards, the drafting team prepared an Implementation Plan., The WHO is calling on all( industry included), to be a part of efforts to implement the Standards.

The Standards will support UN Member States to implement the Convention on the Rights for Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), in particular, Article 20 (Personal Mobility) and 26 (Habilitation and Rehabilitation). It will also support the WHO’s Global Disability Action Plan 2014-2021 and its Objective 2, to strengthen and extend rehabilitation, habilitation, assistive technology, assistance and support services, and community-based rehabilitation.