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World Health Organisation (WHO) in collaboration with Mobility India and Bangalore Baptist Hospital, commenced the 4 days training on First pilot of World Health Organisation’s (WHO’s) training in priority Assistive products (TAP) from Tuesday 27th Feb to Friday 2nd March 2018.

Today, around 1 billion people need assistive devices. But, only 1 out of 10 people have access to these devices.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched the Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology (GATE), an initiative with the goal to improve access to assistive products (such as crutches, reading glasses, hearing aids). WHO recognizes that trained personnel are essential for the proper provision of assistive products, If not provided by skilled staff, assistive products are often of no benefit or are abandoned, and they may even cause physical harm.

Therefore, GATE has prioritized the development of an on-line Assistive Products Training Package to support skills and knowledge development for community-level personnel in the effective provision of these products. Prior to developing the Package for a wide range of assistive products, the WHO wish to pilot few modules, one on walking aids and one on reading glasses.

the training is focused enhancing the knowledge among the Primary Health Care personnel, Community Health Workers, rehabilitation staff, and nurses to tailor the Training Package and they would be equipped with the required skill to provide mobility related products and reading glasses even at the grassroots levels.