WFOT collaborates and maintains strategic partnerships with key stakeholders that recognise and support the important contribution of occupational therapy for global health and wellbeing.

In addition to our collaboration with the World Health Organization, WFOT works together many international organisations to recognise and support the human rights of all people 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.

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 outlines the agreed outputs of our joint partnership

Current Projects with WHO relate to:

  • Universal health coverage
  • Rehabilitation 2030
  • Global Cooperation on Assistive Health Technology (GATE)
  • Non-communicable diseases
  • Wheelchair provision
  • Health emergencies
  • COVID-19 and rehabilitation
  • National Health Workforce Accounts
  • WHO Family of International Classifications
  • Mental health
  • Ageing and life course

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

  • ATscale
  • Cochrane Collaboration
  • Disabled Peoples International (DPI)
  • Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
  • Global Alliance of Assistive Technology Organizations (GAATO)
  • Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR)
  • Humanity & Inclusion (HI)
  • International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
  • International Labor Organization (ILO)
  • International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO)
  • International Society of Wheelchair Professionals (ISWP)
  • International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM)
  • International Spinal Cord Society (ISCI)
  • Motivation
  • ReLAB-HS
  • 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 Physiotherapy
  • World Federation of Chiropractic
  • World Federation of United Nations Agencies (WFUNA)
  • World Rehabilitation Alliance (WRA)
  • WHO Civil Society Commission