Strengthening Rehabilitation Services in Post-Conflict Countries
World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that over a billion people across the world (~15% of population) have some form of disability. Ageing populations, prevalence of non-communicable diseases, and conflict-induced injuries place a heavy burden on health systems around the globe and have created an ever-increasing gap between demand for rehabilitation services and their availability. The World Health Organization’s Rehabilitation 2030 Initiative (Rehab 2030) is calling attention to the magnitude of this treatment gap and has called for global action by all stakeholders. Rehabilitation services enable optimal functioning and quality of life, increase productivity, maximize the effectiveness and impact of health interventions, and represent an essential component of universal health coverage (UHC).
The Empowerment and Inclusion (EI) Division of the USAID’s Bureau of Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) has partnered with the Accelerator to integrate and strengthen rehabilitation services in health systems within post-conflict countries.
The Accelerator will partner with local governments, regional and country-level institutions and global partners to advance Rehab 2030 objectives at the local, regional and global levels.
Supporting integration and strengthening of rehabilitation services in health systems will require a holistic approach that is governed by multi-stakeholder, locally owned platforms and is designed and implemented according to the needs and demands of individual countries. At the country level, the Accelerator will support governments in strengthening health systems to deliver sustainable and quality Rehabilitation services that meet population needs, in addition to integrating Rehabilitation into UHC efforts.
At the regional level, the Accelerator will support peer learning and knowledge exchange on integrating rehabilitation into National health systems and advancing UHC agendas in order to catalyze ongoing country-level efforts.
At the global level, the Accelerator will contribute to knowledge and guidance on how countries can implement their Rehab 2030 strategies by developing tools and resources that support countries as they reform health systems to optimally function for Rehabilitation.