WHO Rehabilitation 2030 : a call for action
Rehabilitation was described as a main health strategy in the Declaration of Alma Ata in 1978, with functioning as a the main outcome of interest. Current demographic and epidemiological trends such as ageing populations and the growing number of chronic non-communicable diseases are creating increasing rehabilitation needs and pressuring healthcare systems. WHO is stating that the rehabilitative health strategy should be strengthened and scaled up, especially in low and middle income countries. Therefore, rehabilitation should become the key health strategy for the 21st Century.
WHO gathered an impressive group of rehabilitation stakeholders from across the world, professionals, politicians as well as consumers, to meet in their headquarters in Geneva on February 6th and 7th. There were 208 participants, of which 46 % came from Europe. The aims of the meeting were:
to draw attention to the increasing needs for rehabilitation;
to highlight the role of rehabilitation in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) proposed by the United Nations;
to call for coordinated and concerted global action towards strengthening rehabilitation in health systems.
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