Rehabilitation Global Needs

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Rehabilitation is the care needed when a person is experiencing or is likely to experience limitations in everyday functioning due to aging or a health condition, including chronic diseases or disorders, injuries, or trauma. It is a critical health strategy to optimise everyday functioning and ensure the highest possible standard of health and well-being and can include exercise, balance training, home modification, sensory integration, community activities, mobility aids, prosthetics/orthotics and many other interventions.[1] Despite its individual and societal benefits, rehabilitation has not been prioritised in countries and is under-resourced. In the 21st century rapid population ageing accompanied with a rise in chronic conditions, trauma/injury survival and non-communicable diseases (NCD) in conjunction with increasing global conflict, rapid urbanization and motorization are leading to a shift in health care needs.[2]

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  1. Key Facts: Rehabilitation. World Health Organization, Geneva. 2020. {Accessed October 11, 2020  https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/rehabilitation}
  2. World Health Organization, The World Bank. World report on disability. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2011.