International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine

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Seventy-second World Health Assembly (A72/1)
Agenda Item: 
12.9 Emergency and trauma care

The International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM), Humanity & Inclusion (HI), the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT), the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT), the International Spinal Cord Society (ISCOS), the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO), International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics and The World Organization of Family Doctors supported by The Global Rehabilitation Alliance strongly support the technical matter on Emergency and trauma care (A72/31), the WHO initiative Rehabilitation in Health Systems ,“Rehabilitation 2030: A Call for Action”
Rehabilitation aims to enhance recovery, optimize functioning, reduce disability and is needed in emergency and trauma care. Early access to rehabilitation and assistive technology after trauma helps speed up recovery and prevent complications that could prolong length of stay, contributing to achieve the best long-term outcomes for the patient .
It is necessary to upscale rehabilitation services (availability, accessibility, acceptability, and quality) in the acute, post-acute and long-term phase of a health condition. We recognize that rehabilitation professionals should help in the development of education and training of health personnel including interprofessional education and collaboration (IPE & IPC).
We strongly support point 10 “Serve the vulnerable” and highlight the difficulties that persons with disabilities have in attending trauma and emergency care units.
We urge WHO and member states to:
• Explicitly recognize Rehabilitation as a health strategy necessary throughout the continuum of care, and systematically include rehabilitation in emergency and trauma response. Build a qualified rehabilitation workforce, in emergency and trauma care settings.
• Develop special strategies to reduce access barriers for persons with disabilities to trauma and emergency care units.