In January 2018, a Wheelchair Stakeholders’ Meeting was held in Bangalore, India. The event convened participants from a number of stakeholder groups, including USAID, implementing partners, academia, and other sector technical specialists to evaluate wheelchair sector priorities. As a result of that meeting, key objectives for the sector over the next five years and related priority actions required to achieve each objective were collaboratively developed.

The composition of partners includes:  [logos hyperlink to the respective organization’s relevant web page] 

The International Society of Wheelchair Professionals (ISWP)

The International Society of Wheelchair Professionals (ISWP) was launched in February 2015 with a mission to serve as global resource for wheelchair service standards and provision through advocacy, education, standards, evidence-based practice, innovation and a platform for information exchange. The vision is to have all people who need wheelchairs receive appropriate products and services with dignity, enabling them to access education, employment, and health care and to participate in their communities.

Initially funded through a multi-year USAID grant, the Society is led by staff at the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology.

The University of Pittsburgh, Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology

The University of Pittsburgh is a state-related research university, founded as the Pittsburgh Academy in 1787. The Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology (RST) conducts training and research to advance the availability and quality of assistive technology products and services and operates the Center for Assistive Technology, a leader and innovator in the assistive technology field. RST students and faculty are actively involved in the International Society of Wheelchair Professionals to help people all over the world gain access to the assistive devices and services they need.  

The International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO)

ISPO is a global, multidisciplinary, non-governmental organization aiming to improve the quality of life for persons who may benefit from prosthetic, orthotic, mobility and assistive devices, ISPO provides an effective platform for the exchange and communication on all aspects of the science, practice, and education associated with the provision of prosthetic and orthotic care, rehabilitation engineering, and related areas. The Society has approximately 3,300 members of different professional disciplines in over 100 countries: prosthetists and orthotists, prosthetic and orthotic (P&O) technicians, orthopedic surgeons, rehabilitation doctors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, orthopedic shoemakers, nurses and biomechanical/rehabilitation engineers.

World Health Organization (WHO)

The WHO is building a better, healthier future for people all over the world. Working with 194 Member States, across six regions, and from more than 150 offices, WHO staff are united in a shared commitment to achieve better health for everyone, everywhere. WHO coordinates the Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology (GATE), which exists to improve access to high-quality affordable assistive technology for everyone, everywhere. The GATE initiative is developing practical tools to support countries to address challenges related to Assistive Technology policy, products, and service provision. The GATE initiative reinforces WHO’s global strategy on people-centered and integrated health services across the lifespan, as well as action plans on noncommunicable diseases, ageing and health, disability and mental health [1].