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Call for abstracts

The WHO "Framework for Action" for strengthening health systems consists of various building blocks, from governance issues to service delivery. We call for abstracts related to disability and health across the life cycle and in a global setting, based on either research or/and on special interest reports.

We welcome researchers, policy makers, educators, practitioners, service users, advocates and students for a dialogue about holistic, context-appropriate and sustainable services and 
– systems fulfilling the right to health for persons with disabilities. The conference opens for debates across sectors and disciplines that recognize the social determinants of health as well as persons' capabilities. 

Papers and posters

Participants are invited to present papers and posters regarding periodic and chronic disability during sessions discussing:

Leadership, governance, finance and information systems:

  • Legislation/policies/advocacy on social and structural conditions (for accessible environments, transport, integrated services etc.)
  •  Public, private (nonprofit or for-profit) and public-private collaboration, including equitable financing models of service delivery systems
  • Intersectoral and interdisciplinary collaboration policies for service provision, such as Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) in many LMIC, or Re-ablement in HIC
  • Use of information systems for informing policy on disability
  • Global partnerships in rehabilitation

Service delivery:

  • The Continuum-of-Care in rehabilitation, with best practices and challenges in bridging prevention, specialist (secondary and tertiary) and community based rehabilitation (primary health care), as well as bridging between health needs, education, livelihood, social life and empowerment
  • Equitable provision of services in terms of urban vs. rural location, centre vs. periphery, disaster or crisis context, age, gender, class, ethnicity, state of minority, type of impairment/ diagnose etc.

Human resources:

  • Training, preparing, or certifying professionals and laypersons in the field of enablement/re-ablement (such as through education, task shifting/ -delegation, or through volunteering)
  • This implies the public and civil society sector, as well as a variety of health- and rehabilitation relevant professions and disciplines


  • Successful practices across all areas, from design, production/procurement, and supply/distribution of assistive devices for people with impairments, to information and communication technology for information systems, service delivery and financing (e-medicine, mobile phones etc.)   

Keynote speakers

Prof. Arne H Eide, PhD, Chief Scientist at SINTEF Technology and Society, Professor at Sør-Trøndelag University College, both Norway, and Guest Professor at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.  

Dr. Mike Landry, BScPT, PhD, Division Chief, Doctor of Physical Therapy Division, Duke University, Durham NC, USA; Injury & Rehabilitation Policy Consultant, World Health Organization Country Office, Kathmandu, Nepal

And more speakers from Canada, Ireland, USA, Tanzania, Sudan, South Africa, the Nordic countries etc.

Physiotherapy students in the Sudan
Physiotherapy education partnership Norway-Sudan (Picture taken by HIB FK participants)