Around 2.4 billion people globally are estimated to live with a health condition that could benefit from rehabilitation. Yet despite this high need, many people around the world are currently unable to access appropriate services.
Recognising this challenge, Cochrane has joined the World Rehabilitation Alliance (WRA), a World Health Organization (WHO) global network of stakeholders which aims to support the implementation of the Rehabilitation 2030 initiative by jointly advocating.
Cochrane Rehabilitation will lead our involvement in the WRA, given the team’s longstanding work in this topic area, and will contribute primarily to the research workstream.
Dr Carlotte Kiekens, Co-Director of Cochrane Rehabilitation, says:
“In order to strengthen and upscale rehabilitation in health systems worldwide, it is of utmost importance that rehabilitation interventions are based on evidence. The best available evidence on rehabilitation must be available and accessible in appropriate formats to all who need it.”
Cochrane Rehabilitation has collaborated with WHO to support the development of a robust evidence base to assist health policymakers for several years. They do this by providing synthesis and helping identify evidence gaps where high-quality research is needed. You can read more about their joint work in this interview with Cochrane Rehabilitation Director Professor Stefano Negrini.
Join the launch event – Tuesday 13 September, 14:00-15:00 CET
The WRA will formally launch during a virtual event on Tuesday 13 September. The event, which is free to attend and open to all, will introduce the WRA and why it has been established, and highlight some of the activities planned.