Spotlight Series: Rehabilitation

PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centre Spotlight Series 

Reference Number: BRA-80

Official Title: PAHO/WHO CC for Rehabilitation
Institution: Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (IMREA), General Hospital of the University of Sao Paulo

Reference Number: MEX-26*

Official Title: PAHO/WHO CC for Research and Medical Rehabilitation
Institution: Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Division, National Institute of Rehabilitation

Non Communicable

Category 2 (SP 14-19) 

Outcome 5 (SP 20-25)

Mr. Duttine

Mr. Antony Duttine, Regional Advisor, Disability and Rehabilitation, is the PAHO staff member who acts as the Region’s focal point to coordinate the collaboration between the institution and the Organization.

The main activities of these Centres include: (1) hosting regional meetings and conducting research on rehabilitation; (2) translating documents in Portuguese; (3) developing guidelines; and (4) providing training for rehabilitation practitioners in the Region.

The Centre at IMREA hosted 80-90 participants from ministries of health, academic groups, NGOs and civil society at a regional meeting in November 2017, focused on developing leadership, research and data in rehabilitation. This Centre has also developed materials and technical documents on rehabilitation and will be translating the executive summary and fact sheet of the regional rehabilitation report into Portuguese during 2020. The Centre has also participated as technical experts in rehabilitation-focused regional and global meetings.

The Centre at the National Institute of Rehabilitation in Mexico supported the development of a guide on chikungunya virus and has focused their research efforts on osteoporosis, falls, and fractures. The Centre provides training on osteoporosis, falls or other musculoskeletal issues to rehabilitation practitioners within the Region. For example, participants from five countries in the Region attended a Spine Rehabilitation Course in October 2018.

Webnotes such as these serve to inform how Collaborating Centres are contributing to the Organization’s priorities and mandates.

*Subsequent to this Webnote, this Centre has expired.