Mobility & Assistive Technology Access

Session title Mobility & Assistive Technology Access
Coordinator Dr. Berit Hamer
Hosts Ottobock
Session objective
  • To clarify what assistive technologies and mobility devices are and why they are critical for health, GDP and SDG achievement.
  • To introduce and discuss strategies and instruments to improve access and quality of care for mobility devices
  • To present and discuss possible country approaches exemplified by Kenya
Session abstract The rising need for assistive technology globally, linked to the growing burden of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), represents a major challenge for current health systems. Mobility devices and related rehabilitation are critical to health and well-being, enabling active participation in society and the leading of an independent and dignified life. Nonetheless, today in many low and middle-income countries over 90 percent persons in need do not have access to such products and services, often exposing them to poverty and exclusion. The discussion will explore:

What needs to be done to improve access to quality mobility devices and services as part of national public and global health strategies?

How can new technologies contribute to scaling up these services?

Session Format (select one) Panel Discussion 1 Workshop Plenary
Chairs Chair: Prof. Khama Rogo, World Bank Group



Speakers Title Contact Status
Speaker 1 (Policy/Government)
Speaker 2 (Academia)
Speaker 3 (Civil Society) Dr. Vincent Karuhanga confirmed
Speaker 4 (Private sector) Dr. Berit Hamer | Ottobock SE confirmed
Speaker 5 (Optional)
Speaker 6 (Optional)

Event Timeslots (1)

PD 01