Category: Health systems

Raising the stakes: Integrating rehabilitation into primary health care in the Acholi sub-region, Uganda

By Manjula Marella for ReLAB-HS Rehabilitation stakeholders from Gulu, Uganda recently shared their expertise and developed a local consensus on what’s needed to integrate rehabilitation into PHC in the Acholi sub-region at a recent workshop facilitated by Learning, Acting and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems (ReLAB-HS). Eleven participants from local government, the regional referral… Read more


ReLAB-HS Workshop Facilitates Discussions to Strengthen the Rehabilitation Workforce in Ukraine

By Rachael Lowe for ReLAB-HS Despite the current conflict in Ukraine, rehabilitation leaders in the country are doing all that they can to forward workforce development initiatives to strengthen rehabilitation services. Learning, Acting, and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems (ReLAB-HS) recently held a two-day workshop in Poland to facilitate collaboration towards overcoming workforce challenges… Read more


Opportunity + Choice = Justice | World OT Day 2022

By Lucy Aird for ReLAB-HS Since World Occupational Therapy Day was launched in 2010, Oct. 27 has been a significant day for occupational therapists all over the globe to promote and celebrate this valued rehabilitation profession. Each year’s celebrations have a different focus, and the theme for 2022 promotes how occupational therapy affords individuals a… Read more


First ReLAB-HS Global Rehabilitation Leadership Institute Builds Community of Leaders to Drive Change

By Hanaa Ahsan and Khushbu Balsara for ReLAB-HS Three principles — shared vision, strategy, and collaboration — were on the agenda for rehabilitation stakeholders at the inaugural offering of the Global Rehabilitation Leadership Institute (GRLI), a course designed by Learning, Acting, and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems (ReLAB-HS) to strengthen leadership for rehabilitation-inclusive health… Read more


ReLAB-HS Webinar Highlights the Need for Improved Leadership Around Rehabilitation and AT Services

By Gilliane McShane for ReLAB-HS Despite the growing need, rehabilitation and assistive technology (AT) services continue to be under-prioritized, and services in low- and middle-income countries are hampered by persistent challenges, speakers at a Learning, Acting, and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems (ReLAB-HS) webinar told attendees. Challenges include a shortage of a trained workforce,… Read more


ReLAB-HS Launches in Pakistan

By Assad Abbas for ReLAB-HS Learning, Acting, and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems (ReLAB-HS) officially launched in Pakistan in June. Two formal ceremonies took place, one on June 20 in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), and another on June 23 in Karachi, Sindh. These launch events formally introduced ReLAB-HS in the provinces and brought key… Read more


Webinar: Strengthening Physical Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Services

Jan 11, 2022 10:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada). Registration page. The CORE Group Disability-Inclusive Health Technical Advisory Group will host this webinar featuring speakers from the Learning, Acting and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems Consortium (ReLAB-HS), who will share insight into the need to strengthen services in physical rehabilitation and assistive… Read more


Improving rehabilitation practice: Do we just need more training?

The world’s population older than 60 is set to double in the next 30 years. Many of these people will be living with chronic diseases that require support. The World Bank estimates 15% of the world’s population live with disability, and a fifth of those with severe disability, with the number requiring assistive and rehabilitation assistance… Read more


The burden of spinal pain and disability

Scott Buxton, a physiotherapist from our partner Physiopedia, talks to us about the burden of spinal pain and disability around the world on World Spine Day.  Saturday the 16th of October marks annual World Spine Day. This year’s theme is back2back.The theme focuses on the need to readjust the way we think about back pain.… Read more


Rehabilitation and mental health

Injury, disability, and chronic illness impact the lives of millions every year. So too does depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and suicide.   For some, undergoing rehabilitation can be extremely difficult. It can be life changing. It can also be an isolating, traumatizing, sad and stressful time for many.   This year World Mental Health Day… Read more