Breaking news: The World Health Organisation launches new Wheelchair Provision Guidelines to support improved access to appropriate wheelchairs for all those in need, including children, older persons, people with mobility disabilities, and those with chronic health conditions. The new guidelines are relevant for all countries and apply to all wheelchair users and types of wheelchairs.
The SSE team contributed significantly to this document and we’re so excited about its launch!
These recommendations are a major step forward in improving and developing wheelchair services and ensuring quality and appropriate wheelchairs for all!
Read it here or click on image below for the downloadable pdf – https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/9789240074521
In the world of wheelchair provision, guidelines serve as a compass, guiding us towards achieving equitable access and ensuring the best possible outcomes for wheelchair users. Let’s explore the power of these guidelines together!
The guidelines offer a comprehensive approach with service and systems level recommendations. At the service level, personalized assessment, fitting, training, and ongoing support take center stage. By prioritizing individualized care, we empower wheelchair users to thrive and experience optimal mobility.
On the systems level, the guidelines stress the importance of a competent workforce, integrated referral processes, and systematic evaluations. It is through these measures that we can strengthen the foundation for equitable access, creating a seamless journey for wheelchair users to obtain appropriate devices.
By embracing these recommendations, we foster an inclusive environment where individuals with mobility challenges can enjoy greater independence, improved well-being, and enhanced quality of life. Together, we can break down barriers and ensure that everyone can access the wheelchairs they need.
Join us in championing equitable access to appropriate wheelchairs. Let’s transform lives, advance mobility solutions, and make a meaningful impact on the lives of wheelchair users around the world. Together, we can create a future where everyone has the freedom to move, participate, and live life to the fullest.