Technical meeting – Making the Investment Case for Rehabilitation

28–30 November 2019, Lucerne, Switzerland

As a health strategy, rehabilitation aims to optimize functioning and reduce disability, and is a key response to the global challenges of population ageing and the increasing prevalence of chronic health conditions. WHO has committed itself to strengthening rehabilitation in the health system to address the ever-increasing unmet need for rehabilitation worldwide. The major goal of WHO’s initiative is the integration of rehabilitation services into universal health coverage to ensure that every person who can benefit from rehabilitation has access to services offering rehabilitation interventions of good quality without experiencing financial hardship.

Yet a persistent barrier to scaling up rehabilitation is the lack of a sound and broad investment case for rehabilitation, as a health strategy, that can inform and guide policy decisions. The WHO Collaborating Centre for Rehabilitation in Global Health Systems, located at the University of Lucerne, is therefore organizing a 3-day technical meeting to identify, define and prioritize methods and approaches suitable to generate the evidence needed by WHO and other stakeholders to advocate for the integration and strengthening of rehabilitation in health systems.

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