A Global Rehabilitation alliance for the benefit of people with disabilities

Founded in 2018, the Global Rehabilitation Alliance, in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), aims to serve as a powerful advocacy platform, uniting civil society and relevant stakeholders under a common vision and towards the implementation of  the Rehabilitation 2030: A Call for Action.

Such an alliancecan have a unified voice to strengthen rehabilitation in health to achieve the vision of a world where everyone has access to rehabilitation by:

  • engaging a diverse and comprehensive community of stakeholders
  • fostering a common understanding of rehabilitation as a health strategy
  • advocating with one voice at a global level

The Global Rehabilitation Alliance envisions a world where every person has access to timely, quality and user-centred rehabilitation services. The mission of the Alliance is to advocate for the availability of quality, coordinated and affordable rehabilitation through system strengthening according to population needs. The Alliance aims to be a powerful and cohesive body of diverse stakeholders, united to further the development of rehabilitation around the world

The Founding Assembly of the Global Rehabilitation Alliance took place at the ICRC in Geneva on 22nd May 2018. The Articles of Associations were adopted and the first Board was elected.

  • President: Thierry Regenass, the ICRC MoveAbility Foundation
  • Vice President : Prof. Dr. med. Christoph Gutenbrunner, Hannover Medical School, Dr. Emma Stokes, World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT)
  • Secretary : Prof. Dr. med. Karsten Dreinhöfer, Global Alliance for Muscoloskeletal Health (GMusc)
  • Treasurer : Jan Monsbakken, Rehabilitation International
  • Members: Prof. Stephanie Clarke, Centre Hospitalier Vaudois, Dr. Pierre Côté, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ontario, Isabelle Urseau, Humanity & Inclusion (HI)