World Physiotherapy issues joint statement on coordinating rehabilitation and assistive technology in emergency and humanitarian situations
World Physiotherapy has today issued a joint statement on coordinating rehabilitation and assistive technology as part of a humanitarian response.
Produced in collaboration with the International Association of Communication Sciences and Disorders (IALP), the International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS), the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO), the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM), the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT), the statement affirms a number of key statements regarding rehabilitation and access to assistive technology within a humanitarian response.
As global member organisations officially representing professionals involved in rehabilitation, these organisations uphold the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and independence.
The statement focuses on needs-led responses grounded in good practice, required competences, training, professional regulation, and accountability.
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