Disability and rehabilitation

Call for new assistive device solutions

WHO has issued a call for innovative health technologies with a specific focus on assistive technologies. The closing date is April 30, 2013. Assistive devices allow people with loss of function, to enhance their abilities, live independently and participate more fully in their societies.

  • Devices for moving such as wheelchairs, orthoses, prostheses, rollators/walking frames and tricycles;
  • Devices for sitting/standing including special chairs, seating support, pressure relief devices such as cushions, etc.;
  • Devices for daily living such as for eating and drinking, dressing, washing oneself, writing, housekeeping and handling objects;
  • Devices for hearing such as hearing aids and battery chargers;
  • Devices for seeing such as magnifiers, Braille devices (writing, reading, printing, etc.), text reading devices, screen readers, etc.;
  • Devices for cognition such as time management devices and systems and memory devices;
  • Devices for communication and orientation such as communication boards, GPS, software and accessible ICT;
  • Devices for recreation, employment and vocational training.

Do you have a new assistive device solution for the following:

  • a well-known health problem?
  • people with disabilities – in particular women, girls and children?
  • older people?
  • victims of war/conflict/mine?

If so, you are invited to submit your assistive device or other innovative health technology solution that can contribute to improving health outcomes and quality of life. Successful submissions will be included in a compendium of technologies suitable for use in low-resource settings.

For further details about the call and compendium of innovative health technologies, visit: