Health workforce

5th World Congress of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM)

Istambul, Turkey, 13-17 June 2009

The ISPRM congress offers a good opportunity for participants from around the globe to exchange experiences and discuss the latest developments and controversies in physical and rehabilitation medicine. With an estimated 650 million people worldwide experiencing some form of disability and in need of health and rehabilitation services, human resources for rehabilitation are a critical - but often neglected - component of health systems development. The WHO Department of Human Resources for Health is participating in the Congress with a panel presentation on "Human resources for health-related rehabilitation services", presenting a global portrait of different health occupations based on currently available data and information, as a basis for strategy development of the health workforce in physical and rehabilitation medicine.