Disability and Rehabilitation Team (DAR)

WHO supports research initiatives on medical rehabilitation and poverty reduction

15 March 2006 - On 12 March 2006 WHO hosted a meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark of experts on medical rehabilitation and assistive technology and its impact on reducing poverty. Participants, who included representatives of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO), the Swedish Handicap Institute, Lund University and SINTEF Health research Institute, agreed to pursue two multi-country research initiatives: one on the cost effectiveness of medical rehabilitation interventions and the impact on poverty reduction and a second on the impact of assistive technology in poverty reduction. The former will be conducted in Afghanistan, Brazil, Cambodia, Ecuador, Kosovo, Nicaragua, Romania, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen, and led by World Bank, and the second will be conducted in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Malawi, Namibia, Tanzania, Vietnam, and Zambia, and led by SINTEF Health Research Institute. WHO will provide technical input as necessary and will facilitate successful completion of both the studies. The findings from these research initiatives will be released in 2008.

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