Disability and rehabilitation

WHO SEARO and WHO WPRO host joint consultation on draft WHO action plan 2014 - 2021: better health for persons with disabilities

From 30-31 October, this bi-regional consultation, opened by Dr Shin Y., WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific, brought together over 70 people from 31 countries in Manila, Philippines.

The meeting provided an opportunity to share experiences regarding the objectives of the draft action plan and to conduct detailed discussion and provide feedback on the draft.

On the first day, presentations and discussion focused on the pre-amble and objective one of the draft action plan. On the second day, remaining objectives were covered and a session identifying practical steps and opportunities for implementation took place. The meeting resulted in valuable feedback for the further revision of the draft plan.

On 1 November an additional one-day meeting for participants from the Western Pacific was hosted during which the current regional disability programme was discussed; the Western Pacific Disability Inclusive Health and Rehabilitation survey tool was introduced; and key challenges and successes in rehabilitation were identified. The meeting served to facilitate discussion on future programme priorities and requests from countries for WHO support.