ISPRM-WHO-Liaison Committee (ISPRM-WHO-LC)

  • Chair: Merce Avellanet Viladomat
  • President’s Cabinet Liaison & WHO Focal Point: Gerard Francisco
  • Secretary: Vanessa Seijas
  • Advisors: Carlotte Kiekens, Abena Tannor, Christoph Gutenbrunner
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Scope of the ISPRM-WHO-Liaison Committee

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Since 1999 ISPRM has held an official relationship with the WHO as a non-State actor and collaborated with the Disability and Rehabilitation (DAR) team. This includes the participation of ISPRM in WHO meetings and collaboration in the network of WHO partners. As a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), ISPRM has to contribute substantially to WHO activities according to agreed and accepted collaboration plans.

The current collaboration plan between WHO and ISPRM contributes to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals, especially goal 3 (Health) focusing on persons with disabilities, and persons who have short- or long-term disabling health conditions. The collaboration plan will concentrate on the implementation and dissemination of WHO tools that contribute to the integration of rehabilitation in universal health coverage. The activities align with the 13th General Programme of Work, specially with achieving universal health coverage and promoting healthier populations. ISPRM will contribute, under WHO’s leadership and guidance, to achieving the goals of the “Rehabilitation 2030: A call for action”, the WHO Global Disability Action Plan 2014-2021 and the World Health Assembly (WHA) resolution on improving access to assistive technology.

.......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

Merce Avellanet Viladomat

Andorra

Chair

Gerard E Francisco

USA

Presidents cabinet liaison and WHO focal point

Carlotte Kiekens

Belgium

Advisor

Abena Tannor

Ghana

Advisor

Christoph Gutenbrunner

Germany

Advisor

Mauro Zampolini

Italy

Representative for WHO-EURO

Sinforian Kambou

Cameroon

Representative for WHO-AFRO

Reynaldo Rey-Mattias

Philippines

Representative for WHO-WPRO

Luz Helena Lugo

Colombia

Representative for WHO-PAHO
Representative to the Primary Care Workstream of the World Rehabilitation Alliance

Walter Frontera 

Puerto Rico

Representative for WHO-PAHO

Raju Dhakal 

Nepal

Representative for WHO-SEARO

Emna Toulgui 

Túnez

Representative for WHO-EMRO

Vanessa Seijas

Colombia

Representative to the Primary Care Workstream of the World Rehabilitation Alliance

Maria Gabriella Ceravolo

Italy

Representative to the Workforce Workstream of the World Rehabilitation Alliance

Gwen Sowa

US

Representative to the Workforce Workstream of the World Rehabilitation Alliance

Katharina Stibrant Sunnerhagen

Sweden

Representative to the Research  Workstream of the World Rehabilitation Alliance

Ian Cameron

Australia

Representative to the Research  Workstream of the World Rehabilitation Alliance

Farooq Rathore

Pakistan

Representative to the Emergencies Workstream of the World Rehabilitation Alliance

Carolina Schiappacasse

Argentina

Representative to the Emergencies Workstream of the World Rehabilitation Alliance

Gerold Stucki

Switzerland

Member

Wouter de Groote

Belgium

Member

Abderrazak Hajjioui

Morocco

Member

Bhasker Amatya

Australia

Member

Brenda Saria Yuliawiratman

Malaysia

Member

Leon Chandler

USA

Member

Ana Maria Posada

Colombia

Member

Manimalar Selvi Naicker

Malaysia

Member

Mario Alonso Giraldo

Colombia

Member

Nitin Jain

USA

Member

Paolo Capodaglio

Italy

Member

Rashidah Ismail

Malaysia

Member

Nora Newcomb

US

Member

Marta Supervía

Spain

Member

Steven Faux

Australia

Member

Mary Elizabeth Nelson

US

Member

Kimia Zarabian 

US/Iran

Member

Abhinav Singh

India

Member

Alyssa Mixon

US

Member

David Burke

US

Member

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