Rehabilitation 2030: A Call for Action

Executive Boardroom, WHO headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland
6-7 February 2017

There is a substantial and ever-increasing unmet need for rehabilitation worldwide, which is particularly profound in low- and middle-income countries. The availability of accessible and affordable rehabilitation is necessary for many people with health conditions to remain as independent as possible, to participate in education, to be economically productive, and fulfil meaningful life roles. The magnitude and scope of unmet rehabilitation needs signals an urgent need for concerted and coordinated global action by all stakeholders.

Bringing stakeholders together in the Rehabilitation 2030: A Call for Action meeting provided an invaluable opportunity for discussing the strategic direction for coordinated action and establishing joint commitments to raise the profile of rehabilitation as a health strategy relevant to the whole population, across the lifespan and across the continuum of care.

The meeting was attended by a broad range of stakeholders.

Meeting Report

Concept note

Background papers

Call for action


1- Rehabilitation key for health in the 21st century

2- Rehabilitation in health systems implementing WHO recommendations in countries

3- Rehabilitation in health systems learning from current initiatives

4- Raising awareness of the need for rehabilitation

5- Call for Action

List of participants