We collaborate and maintain strategic partnerships with key stakeholders that recognise and support the important contribution of occupational therapy and global health and wellbeing.

We collaborate with many International Organisations including Humanity & Inclusion, International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics, World Confederation of Physical Therapy, International Society of Wheelchair Professionals to recognise and support the human rights of people with disabilities to live meaningful lives.

WFOT recognises the support of the independent and commercial sector in the development and promotion of our profession. For this reason, we acknowledge and welcome those organisations who choose to contribute to our beliefs and values to join us as a Contributing Member.

International Agencies with whom WFOT has contact

  • CBM
  • CBR Global Network
  • Cochrane Collaboration
  • Council for International Organisations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS)
  • Conference on Non-Governmental Organisations (CONGO)
  • Disabled Peoples International (DPI)
  • Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
  • Global Heath Network for Health Professionals (GHNHP)
  • Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR)
  • Global Rehabilitation Alliance (GRA)
  • Humanity & Inclusion (HI)
  • International Labour Organisation (ILO)
  • International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO)
  • International Society of Wheelchair Professionals (ISWP)
  • International Spinal Cord Society (ISCI)
  • Motivation
  • United Nations (UN)
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • United Nations Disaster Relief Organisations (UNDRO)
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisations (UNESCO)
  • United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
  • World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation (WAPR)
  • World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT)
  • World Federation of United Nations Agencies (WFUNA)
  • World Health Organisation (WHO)


WFOT has been in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO) since 1959 and we are proud of this legacy and continued interaction. Our work with WHO is formalised into a collaboration plan that states the agreed outputs of our joint partnership

Projects with WHO include:

Non Communicable Diseases

World Report on Ageing and Mental Health

World Report on Disability

Community Based Rehabilitation

Mental Health

Disability Research

Healthy Workplaces

Wheelchair Provision


Global Cooperation on Assistive Health Technology (GATE)

WHO is part of the United Nations (UN) and as a result WFOT has a direct collaboration via the UN as a member of the DPI/NGO international network through its Global Compact agreement.

WFOT Statements

Non-State Actors’ Statement on the occasion of the WHO 152nd Executive Board Meeting

World Rehabilitation Alliance

WHO 69th session of the Regional Committee for Western Pacific - Manila, Philippines - October 2018

WHO 68th session of the Regional Committee for Europe - Rome, Italy - September 2018

WHO Rehabilitation 2030 - Geneva, Switzerland - February 2017

WHO 140th session of the Executive Board - Geneva, Switzerland - January 2017

WHO 65th session of the Regional Committee for Europe - Vilnius, Lithuania - September 2015

UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction - Sendai, Japan - March 2015

WHO 136th session of the Executive Board - Geneva, Switzerland - January 2015