4. Understanding Wheelchair Skills
Wheelchair users, their caregivers, and parents in developing countries seldom receive critical, basic health care information or training to assist users in managing their health, disability, and wheelchairs. Consider purchasing a tool without knowing how to properly use it; the people we serve need chairs and the skills to use it effectively.
5. Reversing the Trend of Insufficient Data
Adequate and compelling evidence supporting best practices, economic impact, and improved quality of life as a result of appropriate devices and services needs to be collected in developing countries to inform and influence policy makers and funders so more resources are directed to this vulnerable population
6. Establishing & Implementing Rights & Policies
Currently, government policies of many developing countries do not support the rights of this vulnerable population; further, policies that are in place are not put into practice.
An INAPPROPRIATE Chair
An example of an inappropriate wheelchair found in areas of Africa. Unsupported sitting without correct assistive device causes discomfort, pain, secondary health problems, development of deformities in the musculo-skeletal system.
An APPROPRIATE Chair
An example of an appropriate wheelchair that meets the World Health Organization's Guidelines on the Provision of Wheelchairs in Less Resourced Countries. Appropriate products are designed to delay the development of health complications caused by incorrect positioning. Read how an appropriate chair can change a wheelchair user's life.
Interested in learning more? Read WHO's guidelines on appropriate wheelchairs.