Blog: A Global Public Health Perspective: Facilitating Access to Assistive Technology
du Toit R, Keeffe J, Jackson J, Bell D, Minto H, Hoare P. A Global Public Health Perspective: Facilitating Access to Assistive Technology. Optom Vis Sci. 2018 Sep;95(9):883-888.
The September 2018 edition of Optometry and Vision Science was devoted to Assistive Technology. I contributed to an article that highlighted challenges to accessing the numerous innovative advances in assistive technology. Assistive technology has the potential to profoundly improve the functional abilities and quality of life of people with disabilities. Current efforts are, however, not reaching the millions of people with disabilities; for example, in some countries, less than 10% of people who could benefit from low vision or hearing aids, have these.
This article is aimed at motivating health personnel to get involved and contribute to improving equitable access to assistive devices and develop quality health services to provide these. To this end it provides practical suggestions and resources to support health personnel.
We would like to thank Wolters Kluwer for providing the article, free of charge, until the end of April 2019, to the readers of the SL newsletter. Special thanks to Jenna for her assistance in organising this: A Global Public Health Perspective: Facilitating Access to Assistive Technology.
- Information about WHO initiative GATE Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology (GATE)
- Join the GATE Community
- Priority Assistive Products List
Philip Hoare – 20 February 2019