Disability and rehabilitation

Regional consultations provide valuable input into world report

In May and June 2008, regional consultations on the preliminary draft of the World report on disability and rehabilitation brought together groups of experts from WHO's six regions to provide valuable information to assist in the report's development. The consultations were held in San José, Costa Rica for the Americas Region; Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania for the African and Eastern Mediterranean Regions; Rome, Italy for the European Region; and Manila, the Philippines for the South-East Asia and Western Pacific Regions. Each included a diverse group of experts with complementary knowledge and experience, including people with disabilities. Participants included editors of the world report, chapter authors, academics, service providers, policymakers, government officials, NGO representatives, and disability advocates.

The participants' feedback, cultural perspectives on the preliminary draft, and the sources of regional information they supplied, will help ensure that the final document is relevant in diverse global contexts. They also proposed recommendations for action and generated ideas for regional dissemination of the report and related events. The comments and suggestions from the four consultations will be collated and reviewed by the report's Editorial Committee. Lead authors will then use the input to help guide development of the next draft. The world report's expected launch date is December 2009.