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ISPO to contribute to elaboration of WHO Package of Priority Rehabilitation Interventions

Monday 16 April 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Adeline Prieur
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In view of the growing need for rehabilitation worldwide – driven by population ageing and increasing prevalence of noncommunicable diseases – the WHO is developing a Package of Priority Rehabilitation Interventions to support countries to integrate rehabilitation in Universal Health Coverage. As put by the WHO, “it is critical that Member States are equipped with technical guidance to establish and strengthen rehabilitation service delivery in line with population needs.”


ISPO, represented by ISPO Past President Bengt Söderberg, takes part in the Technical Working Group, recently established to help identify the priority rehabilitation interventions that should be prioritized for integration into the health system, and the resources (including equipment, consumables, assistive products, infrastructure, etc.) required to deliver them safely and effectively.


In an effort to ensure that a practical and operational perspective is maintained throughout the process, the Technical Working Group is composed of multidisciplinary rehabilitation providers (specialized rehabilitation professionals, as well as advanced practice rehabilitation providers) with working experience across various areas as follows:

  • Musculoskeletal rehabilitation
  • Neurorehabilitation
  • Paediatric rehabilitation
  • Burn rehabilitation
  • Vascular rehabilitation
  • Respiratory rehabilitation
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Sensory (vision and hearing loss) rehabilitation

Likewise, because the Package will be utilized by many low-resource countries, while the WHO aims to have a balance across geographic regions within the Working Group, it will include representation from geographical regions with a high density of low-resource countries.


In the immediate term, the Working Group seeks to:

  • Identify priority rehabilitation interventions and associated resources with a Priority Rehabilitation Intervention matrix to be completed by May 2018
  • Provide case studies of identified interventions being delivered effectively in low resource settings, to be completed by July 2018.

The initial Working Group workshop is taking place in Bangalore, India from 16-18 April 2018.


The Package of Priority Rehabilitation Interventions, the publication of which is planned for the 4th quarterof 2019 is set to “go far in advancing the Rehabilitation 2030 agenda”, according to WHO.