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Disability and Global Health

Implications for Rehabilitation

Innovative practices and human resources for equitable enablement

  • Date: June 23-25, 2016
  • Deadline for registration: June 16, 2016 
  • Location: Bergen University College, Norway. Campus Kronstad

Conference presentations

Friday, June 24, 2016

Saturday, June 25, 2016

The Faculty of Health and Social Sciences at Bergen University College, Norway, in collaboration with Duke University, Durham, USA, invite researchers and practitioners within the field of disability and health to a conference in Bergen.

According to WHO/World Bank’s World Report on Disability (2011), approximately 15% of the world's population, or 1 billion people, live with a disability. It is also estimated that 90-150 million are children, most living in low- and middle-income countries (UNICEF, 2013), and about 110-190 million are adults who live with significant disability. These projections will likely increase due to global population ageing, increased incidence of chronic diseases and mental illnesses, and because of environmental factors such as traffic injuries, climate change, disasters and conflict.

Data on rehabilitation services globally reveal large gaps in access to services in many low and middle-income countries (LMIC). In high-income countries (HIC), re/habilitation services need to be prioritised to reach vulnerable groups (See World Report on Disability 2011, World Health Report 2013 and World Report on Ageing and Health 2015.)

Successful re/habilitation can lead to increased independence and participation in education, employment and society. Indirectly, enablement/ re-ablement alleviates care responsibilities for families and reduces pressure on health systems. Not the least, appropriate services respond to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN 2006).