Disabilities and rehabilitation

Rehabilitation and habilitation

Rehabilitation and habilitation are instrumental in enabling people with limitations in functioning to remain in or return to their home or community, live independently, and participate in education, the labour market and civic life. Access to rehabilitation and habilitation can decrease the consequences of disease or injury, improve health and quality of life and decrease use of health services. While global data on the need for rehabilitation and habilitation, the type and quality of measures provided and estimates of unmet need do not exist, national-level data reveal large gaps in the provision of and access to such services in many low and middle-income countries.

What WHO is doing

In order to actively support the implementation of Article 26 CRPD and the recommendations of the World report on disability, WHO:

  • Develops health-related rehabilitation guidelines, providing evidence-based guidance on how to develop, expand and improve the quality of rehabilitation services in less resourced settings;
  • Prepared WHO global disability action plan 2014-2021, including measures to strengthen and extend rehabilitation services;
  • Provides technical assistance and support to countries that are introducing and expanding rehabilitation services;
  • Develops tools and training packages to strengthen rehabilitation services.

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