Integrating rehabilitation and assistive technologies into community programs: Lessons from Kayin State, Burma

Publication date 1 June 2024 Category
  • Community
  • Assistive Technology
  • Community Based Rehabilitation
  • Conflicts and Disasters
  • Health Outcomes
Publishing organisation USAID

This publication by Learning, Acting, and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems (ReLAB-HS) presents insightful case studies from Kayin State, Burma. It highlights the successful integration of rehabilitation and assistive technology (AT) services into community programs, particularly in disrupted health systems. The study demonstrates how leveraging local trust and existing community services can improve access to these essential services for vulnerable populations. Key benefits include mitigating political and security concerns, enabling effective interventions, and timely addressing the needs of individuals with long-term disabilities or functional limitations. The publication underscores the urgency of embedding rehabilitation and AT into local health systems, especially in areas where primary health care is not easily accessible.