(1) AFSCIN Resource List: Health Facilities, Health Workers, Peer Supporters
(2) Cost of Devices in Africa
"Everyone has a right to certain products and devices that can help them function in everyday life. This is the stance of the World Health Organisation (WHO), which has published a list of the most important of these devices. It includes things like walking aids, wheelchairs and braille displays.
But assistive technologies, as they are called, are difficult to access in many parts of Africa. This is a huge problem because the prevalence of disabilities on the continent is estimated at 15.6%. With a population of more than one billion, the number of people in need of at least one assistive product in Africa stands at over 200 million, and that figure is projected to double by 2050."
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(3) Framework for Improving Access to Assistive Technology (WHO)
"6. In 2018, the World Health Assembly adopted resolution WHA71.8 on improving access to
quality assistive technology at an affordable cost, strengthening national efforts and fostering
international cooperation, thereby recalling the United Nations Convention on the Rights of
Persons with Disabilities.
In 2019, the Declaration of Astana on primary health care and the Decade of Healthy Ageing 2020–2030 underscored the need to model specific measures to improve access to assistive technology in order to “leave no one behind” and to make progress towards achieving universal health coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals."