Disability and rehabilitation

Training package will help make the most of guidelines on wheelchairs

The Guidelines on the provision of manual wheelchairs in less-resourced settings were a first step to assisting Member States in developing a system of wheelchair provision to support the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (and specifically Articles 4, 20 and 26) and World Health Assembly Resolution 58.23 of 25 May 2005. In recognition of the fact that guidelines are only useful if they are implemented, WHO, in partnership with the US Agency for International Development and the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics, have initiated the process of developing a training package that will facilitate the implementation of these Guidelines. On 22-24 October, 10 wheelchair and education experts met to agree on the objectives, structure, content and the process to develop the training package that will support training of local staff in less-resourced settings to develop the skills and knowledge required to effectively provide manual wheelchairs in accordance with the Guidelines. A core team of experts has been created to work on this for the next two years.