Two years ago the World Health Organisation made a call to action with “Rehabilitation 2030” and asked people to commit to strengthening and extending rehabilitation in countries worldwide.  Now it’s time for a review of the current situation.

On 7 February 2017, WHO, Member States, international and professional organisations, nongovernmental organisations and rehabilitation experts issued Rehabilitation 2030: a call for action, a commitment to key actions to strengthen rehabilitation services in Member States. These actions include: improving rehabilitation governance and investment; expanding high-quality rehabilitation workforce and services; and enhancing rehabilitation data collection.

Two years after the launch of Rehabilitation 2030, it is time to take stock and reevaluate how stakeholders of rehabilitation are moving these commitments forward making sure that we are advancing towards the goals of:

  1. Increasing rehabilitation service coverage in the context of Universal Health Coverage, and
  2. Rehabilitation receiving priority from international and national political leaders.

The Second Global Rehabilitation 2030 Meeting is scheduled to take place next week on the 8-9 July 2019. This meeting will once again bring together Member States, international and professional organisations, non-government organisations, rehabilitation experts and service users to take stock of the progress made towards achieving the joint commitments of the Rehabilitation 2030 initiative. Participants will also agree on concrete actions that will move the global rehabilitation agenda forward, to ensure that rehabilitation is implemented in countries as part of universal health coverage.

The objectives of the meeting are therefore:

  1. To review actions undertaken to date by WHO, its partners and Member States for the Rehabilitation 2030 initiative,
  2. To agree on concrete actions for rehabilitation in countries to advance the implementation of the WHO’s Thirteenth General Programme of Work 2019-2023, and
  3. To identify enablers and barriers for moving the global rehabilitation agenda forward.