ALERT – New position paper: how rehabilitation helps achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Posted by: on May 16, 2019 | No Comments

Humanity & inclusion (HI) and the Global Rehabilitation Alliance (GRA) are releasing the position paper “The role of rehabilitation for the realisation of human rights and inclusive development”.

The paper explains and highlights the contribution of rehabilitation to the realisation of human rights and the participation of everyone in development, with a specific focus on the contribution of rehabilitation to the implementation of some specific Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Rehabilitation is an important health strategy that aims to optimize functioning of persons with health conditions experiencing disability in interaction with their environment. It is a real “enabler” for inclusive development, as it is critical in supporting individuals achieving an optimum level of health, wellbeing and participation, with outcomes going beyond the individual and reaching families, communities, and society.

HI and the GRA recognise that, in spite of meaningful connections with development, rehabilitation has received limited attention in SDGs processes and debates. There is still need to make relevant connections between rehabilitation and broad health outcomes, improving of community well-being and gender equality, participation in economic development, access and performance in education and employment.

Specific recommendations are addressed to key stakeholders (governments, donors, and civil society actors), which have the possibility and the responsibility to strengthen rehabilitation services and improve the health and well-being of millions of persons around the world.

This position paper is being further elaborated – with the integration of additional components, case studies, and testimonies – to produce a broader publication leveraging the profile of rehabilitation onto the global health and development agendas. Stay tuned!