One Billion In Need of Assistive Aids

The World Health Organization has published a new global report on assistive technology.

The report presents evidence on the global need for and access to assistive products and provides a series of recommendations to expand availability and access, raise awareness of the need, and implement inclusion policies to improve the lives of millions of people.

The report, published by WHO and UNICEF, reveals that more than 2.5 billion people need one or more assistive products, such as wheelchairs, hearing aids, or apps that support communication and cognition. Yet nearly one billion of them are denied access, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, where access can be as low as 3 percent of the need for these life-changing products.

Read the full report here