Facts on rehabilitation

  • 74% of years lived with disability (YLDs) in the world are the result of health conditions for which rehabilitation may be beneficial.
  • 15% of all YLDs are caused by health conditions associated with severe levels of disability.
  • The density of skilled rehabilitation practitioners is less than 10 for every 1 million people in many low- and middle-income countries.

The number of occupational therapists, physiotherapists, physical medicine and rehabilitation doctors, speech and language therapists,  and prosthetists and orthotists is far from what is required.