Disabilities and rehabilitation

WHO hosts the first meeting of the Editorial Committee for a world report on disability and rehabilitation

7 December 2006 - On 6-7 December, WHO held the first meeting of the Editorial Committee for a world report on disability and rehabilitation at WHO Headquarters in Geneva. The world report is being produced at the request of WHA Resolution 58.23 (May 2005). The Editorial Committee, which includes nine external experts from different regions of the world will oversee the report's development. The first meeting enabled the team to elaborate the objectives and target audience for the report and define the working title, draft structure and contents of the report. The process for developing the report was outlined and a long list of potential contributors were identified. Over the next few months the chapter chairpersons will be identified with the draft chapter outlines expected to be completed by June 2007. Many stakeholders including organizations of persons with disabilities, professional associations and development agencies have shown great interest in the report. All author teams will include people with disabilities. Regional consultations should take place in 2008, and the global and national launches are planned for 2009.

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