Disability and rehabilitation

WHO builds regional capacity for wheelchair service provision in South-East Asia

A regional training on the Wheelchair service training package: basic level took place on 3-7 June 2013 in Bangalore, India, hosted by Mobility India.

Twenty-five health and rehabilitation professionals from 8 countries – Bangladesh, Bhutan, India ( Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Delhi, Karnataka, Kashmir, and Tamil Nadu), Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand attended the training. Personnel working in the ministries of health or social welfare, national institutes, district rehabilitation centers, and NGOs took part in the training. One of the participants was wheelchair user himself.

The aim of the training was to familiarize the participants with the various components of the Wheelchair service training package: basic level and to enable them to conduct related trainings themselves.

There are around 70 million people worldwide who require wheelchairs, but health and rehabilitation professionals are not always trained adequately to ensure that people with disabilities get a quality wheelchair that meets their needs. WHO created the Wheelchair service training package as a tool to develop the minimum skills and knowledge required by personnel involved in wheelchair service delivery.

This training is part of a series of WHO-led regional workshops that will train 200 experts in the next two years and develop a network of trainers. The workshop was funded by the United States Agency for International Development.