World Health Assembly (2018)
Resolution WHA71.8 Improving access to assistive technology
This resolution made by the World Health Assembly in 2018 is recognised as a call to action and the basis for the development of a mandate in the assistive technology sector, especially with consideration to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
WHO wheelchair service training package
Website page with links to the resource in PDF (accessible formats and other languages also availabl
Training courses were developed by WHO to assist services in implementing the WHO Guidelines on the provision of manual wheelchairs in less resourced setting. They are intended for wheelchair service personnel in less resourced settings to be trained in comprehensive wheelchair service provision and enable increasing numbers of adults and children to receive a wheelchair which meets their needs. WHO also recognises that trained personnel require support from managers and national stakeholders to ensure appropriate wheelchair provision is established and sustained within a country. To raise awareness and promote good practice, WHO developed a training package for managers, and a training package for stakeholders.
Included in this link are the basic and intermediate level training packages, the manager and stakeholder training packages. It also includes the training of trainers package.
Guidelines Steering Committee (2016)
National Guidelines on the Provision of Assistive Technology in Papua New Guinea
Accessible PDF (4.92 MB)
These Guidelines support and guide best practice service delivery for assistive technology in PNG, in line with the Government’s commitments to persons with disabilities. While designed specifically for PNG, many of the concepts in the guidelines are applicable more broadly in Pacific Island contexts and may help inform programs looking to invest in this area. The Guidelines particularly highlight the importance of providing assistive technology as part of a service system equipped with trained personnel and appropriate products.
World Health Organisation (2016)
WHO Priority Assistive Products List
Website with link to PDF
To support and improve access to high quality, affordable assistive products globally, the WHO has introduced the Priority Assistive Products List (APL). It lists 50 priority assistive products and is intended to guide and support Member States to fulfil their commitment to improving access to assistive products as mandated by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). It is useful for guiding programs looking to invest in the area of assistive technology.
Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments
GAATES is an international organisation which promotes the understanding and implementation of accessibility of the built, social and virtual environments, including architectural, infrastructural design, transportation systems, habitat, and electronic information and communication technologies. GAATES produces a regular newsletter which outlines assistive technology developments, including news from developing countries. The GAATES website and newsletter is of interest to individuals seeking to remain up-to-date with advancements in the assistive technology sector.
World Health Assembly (2005)
World Health Assembly Resolution WHA58.23, Disability, including prevention, management and rehabilitation
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This resolution made by the World Health Assembly in 2005 is recognised as a call to action and the basis for the development of a mandate in the assistive technology sector. While significant progress has been made since this Resolution, it remains a key document and continues to provide the basis for advocacy and action items on future agendas related to assistive devices and disability prevention, management and rehabilitation.
World Health Organization and World Bank (2011)
World report on disability
(PDF 10.4 MB) Also available in French, Portuguese and Spanish
Chapters 4, 5 and 6 of this report address issues and evidence surrounding access to assistive devices and technology, the unmet need, the role of assistive devices and technology in rehabilitation and enhancing access to wider life opportunities, and their potential to reduce the need of older persons with disabilities to rely on carers. Recommendations in Chapter 4 include the need to increase access to assistive technology that is appropriate, sustainable, affordable, and accessible.
World Health Organization (2010)
Community based rehabilitation guidelines
The ‘Health Component’ chapter of these guidelines includes a section on Assistive Devices (pages 57-72) which provides introductory material targeted at mid-level health workers. It explains in clear language what assistive devices are and covers topics such as appropriate technology, assessment, training, facilitating access, and setting up small scale workshops. Case studies are provided from a range of countries.
International Program on Disability, Technology and Rehabilitation
IPDTR serves as a (US based) networking hub for individuals working to address the technology and rehabilitation needs of persons with disabilities in developing countries. The resources page of the website is of particular use to individuals seeking more detailed information about assistive technology issues, tools and actors. The events page contains presentations and Youtube videos from a June 2013 Symposium on disability, technology and rehabilitation in low and middle income countries held at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA.
World Health Organization (2008)
Guidelines on the provision of manual wheelchairs in less resourced settings
(PDF 2.47 MB)
These guidelines outline good practices in the design, production, supply and service delivery of manual wheelchairs. They are much needed to counter potentially inappropriate or harmful interventions. The guidelines are targeted at a range of audiences, including policy-makers; planners, managers, providers and users of wheelchair services; designers, purchasers, donors and adapters of wheelchairs, trainers of wheelchair provision programmes, representatives of DPOs; and individual users and their families. Compliance with these guidelines would strengthen the suitability and sustainability of service provision and improve development effectiveness in this area.
World Health Organization
This website provides links to pages which describe the activities of WHO in relation to assistive devices/technologies, and to a small number of useful resources. The WHO leads global efforts toward increasing access to quality assistive technologies; this webpage provides a useful introduction to current efforts and discourse.