The World Health Organisation (WHO) has developed progress indicators to measure access to assistive technology across 35 member states.
The news comes three years after delegates at the 71st World Health Assembly adopted resolution on improving access to assistive technology (resolution WHA71.8).
The resolution urges member states to take actions to improve access to assistive technology, and requests the WHO to develop a Global Report on Assistive Technology based on the best available scientific evidence and international experience.
The WHO will now collect data from member states to track and measure progress in achieving the resolution.
The Progress Indicators monitor the status of assistive technology access across ten specific areas reported in the resolution: legislation, population and geographic coverage, budget, responsible ministries, human resources, education and training, financial coverage, regulations and standards, and specific assistive technology initiatives.
Data will be collected between April and June 2021, and will be reported in the Global Report on Assistive Technology presented at the 75th World Health Assembly in 2022.
According to the WHO, 1 billion people globally need assistive technology to lead healthy, productive and dignified lives, but only 1 in 10 have access. “One of the biggest barriers to accessing assistive technology is a lack of data. Without relevant, quality information, decision makers face huge challenges in developing evidence.”
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