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Disability and rehabilitation: innovative practices towards universal health coverage

Discussion with stroke patient

There are 1 billion people worldwide living with disabilities. Many people with disabilities require rehabilitation and other specialist services. Despite this high need for rehabilitation services, the current capacity is low, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. Novel ways of providing rehabilitation in these settings are urgently required as we work towards Universal Health Coverage.

Join us for presentations and panel discussion with experts working on three interventions, set in different contexts, that are helping fill this gap in innovative practices.

  • Dr Tracey Smythe: Task shifting for treatment of clubfoot 
  • Dr Suresh Kumar: Bridging the gaps in stroke care using technology-driven innovations 
  • Rachel Lassman: Early care and support for young children with developmental disabilities and their caregivers with Baby Ubuntu 
  • Q&A panel discussion, chaired by Professor Tom Shakespeare


Professor Tom Shakespeare (Chair)

Tom is Professor of Disability Research and co-Director of the International Centre for Evidence in Disability (ICED).

Dr Tracey Smythe

Tracey is an Assistant Professor and paediatric physiotherapist with clinical experience developing, co-ordinating and delivering rehabilitation interventions and health worker training. Her research aims to advance knowledge on developing and testing interventions to improve the health and wellbeing of people with disabilities.

Dr Suresh Kumar

Suresh is an Associate Professor Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), co-director PHFI-Cochrane Affiliate, and Research Fellow at ICED and Wellcome Trust-DBT (India Alliance). With over 20 years of experience in disability, he also serves on the Scientific Committee - International Stroke Rehabilitation and Recovery Alliance.

Rachel Lassman

Rachel is an occupational therapist with over 20 years of clinical experience in the UK and Uganda. She has worked with the Baby Ubuntu Early Intervention Programme since its inception, supporting its implementation in Uganda and Rwanda.

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