Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology (GATE)
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. To address the substantial gap between the need for and provision of assistive technology, WHO established the Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology (GATE).
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Low-Middle Income Countries
3%of the population in need has access to hearing aidsInfographic
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The Global Research, Innovation, and Education in Assistive Technology (GREAT) Summit was held on the 3rd - 4th August 2017 at WHO headquarters in Geneva. The Summit brought together nearly 200 stakeholders including expert users, global researchers, innovators and educators to discuss service provision, research and education related to assistive technology policy, products, personnel, provision and use.