WHO Collaborating Center

In October 2018, the Center for Rehabilitation in Global Health Systems has been appointed as an official Collaborating Center of the World Health Organization (WHO) Department for Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention, Unit for Disability and Rehabilitation. In agreement with WHO, three Terms of Reference (TORs) have been defined for the Collaborating Center:

TOR1: To contribute, under WHO’s leadership, to the implementation of the WHO Rehabilitation 2030: A Call for Action”.

TOR2: To support, at WHO’s request, the development of health communication strategies for WHO’s “Make Listening Safe” initiative.

TOR3: To contribute, in agreement with WHO, to enhancing the collection of data on disability as defined in the “WHO global disability action plan 2014-2021”.

A corresponding work plan has been defined with WHO and is being currently pursued through research and implementation activities.

 

Kick-Off of the WHO Collaborating Center for Rehabilitation in Global Health systems

On October 2017, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Lucerne unanimously decided to establish a Center for Rehabilitation in Global Health Systems, with the goal of developing a thematic focus in line with WHO’s “Rehabilitation 2030: A Call for Action”. Due to its relevance, WHO appointed the Center in October 2018 as an official Collaborating Center of the WHO Department for Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention, Unit for Disability and Rehabilitation.

To celebrate the Kick Off of the WHO Collaborating Center, we were delighted to welcome Dr. Alarcos Cieza, coordinator of the Disability and Rehabilitation Unit,  Department for Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention (NVI), WHO, Geneva. In her talk, Dr. Cieza introduced us to rehabilitation highlighting its prominent role in the continuum of health care. Dr. Cieza provided an overview of the WHO “Rehabilitation 2030: A Call for Action” and offered examples of current WHO efforts in low and middle-income countries.

 

TECHNICAL MEETING of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Rehabilitation in Global Health Systems, Lucerne, 28-30 November 2019

The technical meeting about "Developing a roadmap for making the investment case for rehabilitation in support of the “Rehabilitation 2030: A Call for Action” was held by the WHO CC on 28-30 November 2019 at the University of Lucerne, Switzerland.

The main aim of the technical meeting was to define relevant costs and benefits for making the economic case for rehabilitation – in the scope of return of investment analyses (ROIs) – in primary and acute care.

With the support of the WHO, and using a snowball method, we successfully invited a gender balanced, heterogeneous and very knowledgeable pool of 49 experts for the technical consultation: 25 health economists and 24 rehabilitation professionals, with 24 representing low- and middle-income countries. Six colleagues represented WHO headquarters (Geneva), namely the Unit of Disability and Rehabilitation as well as the Department of Health Systems Governance and Financing. The technical manager of disability and rehabilitation of the WHO Regional Office for Europe also attended the meeting.

Meeting report including agenda and list of participants