World Health Assembly Rehabilitation Resolution

The landmark Resolution, Strengthening rehabilitation in health systems, was adopted by WHO at the World Health Assembly (WHA) in May 2023. To support the translation of this Resolution into advocacy at the local, national and international level, the Learning, Acting, and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems (ReLAB-HS) developed a guidance note with key contributions from WFOT and other partners. The goal of the advocacy is to promote the inclusion of occupational therapy and other rehabilitation services within universal health coverage. The guidance note, including an introductory video can be accessed at this link.

Contents of the guidance note include:

An overview of the policy context for the Rehabilitation Resolution and commitments set by the Resolution for the World Health Organization (WHO), WHO member states and other stakeholders.

Available at Understanding the WHA Rehabilitation Resolution

Potential actions, target audiences and case studies for advocating for strengthening occupational therapy and other rehabilitation by:

  • Raising awareness
  • Building dialogue with decision makers
  • Pressing for a specific policy change
  • Monitoring and holding public authorities accountable

Available at Overview of Elements of an Advocacy Campaign

Tools for use in advocacy:

Template documents that can be customised for your advocacy campaign, including:

  • Template letters, frequently asked questions for public, institutional and media interactions
  • PowerPoint presentation with speaking points

Critical considerations for your advocacy campaign for strengthening access to occupational therapy include:

  • Being clear about your specific advocacy objective
  • Using evidence to ground your advocacy
  • Advocating in partnership with others
  • Preparing and conveying impactful messages
  • Relating to the priorities and concerns of your audience
  • Seizing opportunities for advocacy
  • Adapting your advocacy for changing circumstances

Available at Practical tools for advocacy