Disability and Rehabilitation Team (DAR)

WHO and partners convene global expert conference on lower limb orthotics

10 April 2006 - From 3-8 April 2006, the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and WHO organized a conference in Hanoi, Viet Nam on appropriate lower limb orthotics for developing countries. More than 100 delegates from various parts of the world participated, 70 from developing countries. Among them were pioneers in the field of orthotics, orthopaedic surgeons, physiatrists, therapists, and users of these assistive devices. WHO played an important role in terms of facilitating consensus among different interest groups. The focus of the meeting was to identify priorities for developing appropriate lower limb orthotics for people in developing countries. Nine priorities were identified:

  • needs assessment,
  • outcome assessment,
  • education,
  • technology,
  • rehabilitation teams,
  • community-based rehabilitation,
  • orthotic management,
  • quality management and
  • cost calculation.

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