Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology
WHO estimates that more than one billion people (mostly older people and people with disabilities) are in need of one or more assistive products. With populations ageing and the rise in noncommunicable diseases, this number is expected to increase to beyond two billion by 2050. Currently, only one in ten people in need have access (as illustrated by the map below). To address the substantial gap between the need for and provision of assistive technology, WHO established the Global Cooperation on Assistive Health Technology (GATE).
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Low-Middle Income Countries
3%of the population in need has access to hearing aidsInfographic
2 billionpeople will need assistive technology by 2050Read more...
News and events
As an action emanating from the Global priority research agenda to further the aims of GATE, we are pleased to announce the Global Research, Innovation, and Education in Assistive Technology (GREAT) Summit. The GREAT Summit will be held on the 3rd - 4th August 2017 at WHO headquarters in Geneva. The Summit will bring together 150 top global researchers, innovators and educators who are carrying out research or offering training programmes related to assistive technology policy, products, personnel, provision and use. More information will follow.