[A7V4IS8] Introduction of World Health Organization guidelines for provision of wheelchairs in less resourced settings

Katharina KISS(1), Gabriela RĂDUCAN(2)
1 Physical therapist, Motivation Romania Foundation
2 Physical therapist, Motivation Romania Foundation

Abstract

Purpose: The aim of this guideline is to support the EU member states to develop a wheelchair delivery system, that will support the Right to mobility which is laid down in Article 20 of the United Nations Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Methods: Following the consensus conference, held in India, in October 2006, on provision of wheelchairs in less resourced settings, hosted by the World Health Organisation, ISPO and USAID, resulted the WHO Guidelines on provision of wheelchairs in less resourced settings, guide that was implemented in Romania during a pilot project in 2011 by Motivation Romania Foundation. Results: The resulted guidelines represent a tool to implement and recommend standards for design and production of appropriate products, service delivery, training and long term monitoring. The materials turn into a practicai reality of training, to implement service provision. The aim of the package is to develop the skills and knowledge of wheelchair service personnel. Conclusions: Mobility devices are important to enhance funcţional independence and also, in terms of human rights, inclusion and equal participation in the society. However, millions of people with disabilities have very limited personal mobility due to lack of access to mobility devices. The recommendation is to develop naţional standards regarding wheelchair delivery services. The standards should include mobility evaluation services and individually prescribed and customized wheelchairs, naţional level planning, cooperation between suppliers and wheelchair services included in the already existing package, helping people to access their rights as defined in the convention.

Key words: wheelchairs, delivery services, naţional standards, inclusion.

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