Disability and rehabilitation

WHO's key activities

To enhance the quality of life and to promote and protect the rights and dignity of people with disabilities, WHO focuses on the following key activities:

World report

To produce a world report on disability and rehabilitation


To raise awareness about the magnitude and consequences of disability

Data collection

To facilitate data collection, analysis, and dissemination of disability-related data and information

Medical care and rehabilitation

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To support national, regional and global efforts to promote health and rehabilitation services for persons with disabilities and their families

Community-based rehabilitation

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To promote community-based rehabilitation (CBR)

Assistive devices/technologies

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To promote development, production, distribution and servicing of assistive devices/technologies

Capacity building

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To build capacity among health/rehabilitation policy makers and service providers


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To contribute to the development of local, national and international public health policies on disabilities and rehabilitation


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To foster multisectoral networks and partnerships

WHO action plan 2006-2011