For more than 10 years, the World Health Organization (WHO) has worked closely with ISPO pioneering Pedorthotic Management Guidelines to reduce the risk of ulceration and amputation, developing the Priority Assistive Products List to ensure access to AHT globally, and creating the Standards for Prosthetics and Orthotics for adequate service provision by P&O professionals.
As a close partner to the WHO’s global initiative GATE – the Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology –, ISPO promotes a multidisciplinary approach in advocating for improved access to high-quality affordable assistive products globally. Leveraging its international network, ISPO raises awareness on issues for people with disabilities and operationalizes WHO’s GATE initiative. As a result, countries can update and implement policies for better access to assistive health technologies. Find out more about GATE.
How ISPO is collaborating with WHO?
- Through the Joint Position Paper on Mobility Devices, ISPO prevents & reduces disease disability and premature death from chronic non-communicable conditions and injuries.
- By publishing the peer-reviewed journal Prosthetics and Orthotics International [link to POI], ISPO promotes research in the field of disability and helps to strengthen leadership, governance and the evidence base of health systems.
- ISPO ensures improved access, quality and use of medical products and technologies by advocating for affordable assistive devices and developing professional standards and guidelines such as the Prosthetics and Orthotics Service Guideline .
By promoting the WHO/ISPO training guidelines, inspecting schools, providing guidance & consultation and offering 26 P&O training programs and Short Courses, ISPO is building an available, competent, responsive and productive health workforce in order to improve health outcomes.