Disability and rehabilitation

WHO issues call for case studies and personal stories to include in forthcoming Guidelines on health-related rehabilitation


The Guidelines on health-related rehabilitation, currently under development by the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners, aim to provide guidance to governments and other relevant actors on how to develop, expand and improve the quality of rehabilitation services (including assistive technology) in less-resourced settings in line with the recommendations of the World report on disability (in particular chapter four of the report on “Rehabilitation”). They will also support the implementation of the rehabilitation aspects of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the WHO global disability action plan 2014-2021: Better health for all people with disability. The guidelines, which will be released in 2015, will position rehabilitation within the context of universal health coverage and the WHO "Framework for Action" for strengthening health systems, which consists of six clearly defined building blocks: leadership and governance; service delivery; human resources; medical products and technologies; financing; and information systems.

In conjunction with the forthcoming launch of the guidelines, WHO is pleased to announce a call for case studies and personal stories. WHO welcomes contributions from all stakeholders, in particular those from low- and middle-income countries. Successful case studies and personal stories will be reflected in the Guidelines on health-related rehabilitation.

  • Case studies: Case studies are used in many WHO publications to highlight examples of good practice in terms of policies, programmes and other measures. WHO is calling for evidence-based case studies of good practice that demonstrate progress related to one or more of the “building blocks” mentioned above and/or the eight guiding principles of the CRPD. Case studies should include details of how people with disabilities and user groups have been actively involved in the formulation, implementation, monitoring or evaluation of the project, programme or intervention.
  • Personal stories: Personal stories and quotes are used by WHO to put names and faces to people. WHO is calling for personal stories from people who use or have used rehabilitation services, including assistive technology; parents, partners or siblings whose family members use or have used rehabilitation services including assistive technology; and people who provide rehabilitation services, including assistive technology.

The due date for submissions for both case studies and personal stories is 15 August 2014. Please use the forms below to help guide preparation of your submission. Once complete, please send the forms to Rachel Mackenzie on mackenzier@who.int.