WHO and UNICEF partner to bring quality assistive devices to people living with disabilities

World Health Organization (WHO) published this video item, entitled “WHO and UNICEF partner to bring quality assistive devices to people living with disabilities” – below is their description.

Globally, there’s a lack of access to quality tools and devices that support people living with disabilities, such as hearing aids, mobility aids (i.e. wheelchairs or crutches) or cognitive aids that help people with memory, attention or other intellectual challenges. In fact, more than 1 billion people need assistive technology, yet only 1 in 10 has access to the technology they need.

Assistive technology devices are crucial to help people participate in society and access essential social services. Hearing aids help young children improve language skills, while an appropriate wheelchair can increase an adult’s chances of gaining employment.

The new WHO Assistive Product Specifications “APS 26″ represents the first ever global product specifications for assistive products (26 in total) that work in low-resourced settings. The aim is to ensure countries procure quality and affordable assistive products for all who need them.

Learn more about WHO’s work on assistive technology: https://www.who.int/health-topics/assistive-technology#tab=tab_1

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