To date, more than 150 countries have ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Quoting WHO Director General Dr Margaret Chan’s message on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3rd, 2014, this day “reflects the commitment made by the World Health Assembly when it approved the Global Action Plan on Disability 2014, which has the overall goal of achieving optimal health, functioning, well-being and human rights for all persons with disabilities. WHO has therefore committed itself to concrete action to:
These actions undertaken by the United Nations and the WHO put ISPO in a unique situation to promote P&O as an important part of the overall assistive health technology field.
Building on 40 years of education, capacity building and awareness raising activities around the world and with a global presence of 3,300 members and ISPO Member Societies in more than 60 countries, ISPO is also in a unique position to drive developments on the international scene.
In line with ISPO’s mission and vision to “contribute to a world where all persons have equal opportunity for full participation in society”, it is down to us to ensure that the profession speaks as one voice about Prosthetic and Orthotic Rehabilitation. By bringing together professionals from around the world to learn, discuss and socialise around the theme “Assessment, Integration & Mobility”, the ISPO World Congress 2015 is doing just that.
Together, and only together, we can make the world a better place and contribute to improving life for all people who need our services globally.
Whether patients, health care professionals, ISPO collaborating partners or industry partners, we are delighted to invite you all to attend the ISPO 15th World Congress in Lyon (France) and contribute to building a sustainable future where everyone is included.
Together with our partners, we are working very hard to make this congress one to remember and a milestone in addressing the increasing need for prosthetics and orthotics worldwide and to do something about it.
Please help us achieve our goals to help more people, faster and in an ever better way. Good is not good enough, we all need to try harder this time.
Looking forward to seeing you in Lyon!