Disabilities and rehabilitation

Capacity building

In many settings, medical care and rehabilitation services for people with disabilities are less than optimal or simply do not exist. This is due in part to a lack of training for health professionals in the provision of appropriate medical care and rehabilitation services for people with disabilities. At present most schools of public health, medical schools and other institutions involved in training health professionals around the world do not include disability and rehabilitation in their curricula. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in Articles 20, 25 and 26 requires Member States to develop initial and continuing training for professionals and staff to improve access to mobility devices, health care, habilitation and rehabilitation services.


What WHO is doing

WHO in partnership with collaborating centres and partners is assisting Member States in the following ways:

  • supporting Members States that have signed and or ratified the CRPD to meet their obligations related to human resource development under this treaty;
  • developing a package of training materials for health professionals involved in disability and rehabilitation;
  • contributing to the preparation of a disability and rehabilitation curriculum for schools of public health, medical schools and other health-related institutions;
  • promoting the inclusion of disability and rehabilitation issues in the curricula of other technical and professional schools so that their graduates are able to influence decisions about and facilitate access to services for people with disabilities.

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