Dear colleague,

It is my pleasure to invite you to the ISPO 16th World Congress 2017 which will take place from 8-11 May 2017 in the fabulous city of Cape Town in South Africa.

Rajiv Hanspal closeAlready in its 16th edition, this World Congress will be hosted under the theme “Assistive Technology for All”.

Ensuring increased access to assistive technology for users worldwide forms part of ISPO’s vision to “contribute to a world where all persons have equal opportunity for full participation in society”.

Today, it is estimated that only 5%-15% of the people who require prostheses or orthoses or any other assistive products actually get them. In 2050, it is anticipated that there will be 2 billion people in need of assistive devices with only 1 in 20 having access to them*.

People with disabilities have the same general health care needs as others but are three times more likely to be denied health care and four times more likely to receive unsatisfactory treatment*.

To change this alarming scenario we, as ISPO International, believe that we can contribute significantly to improve access by working together with international agencies, national governments, P&O and rehabilitation professionals, the industry and the users.

The congress will host a dedicated session on the Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology (GATE). We are also planning to launch the new WHO Standards for Prosthetic & Orthotics supported by ISPO and USAid at the congress.

Through a high calibre scientific programme delivered by a variety of professionals from various disciplines and regions, by offering a parallel exhibition where companies, NGOs, training institutions and government organisations showcase their latest product developments and projects and by gathering all the individuals working in the P&O and rehabilitation field on the African continent, the ISPO 16th World Congress 2017 will certainly succeed in supporting our vision.

Time is running, and I call upon the ISPO community to start the work and act together towards making this congress the edition of cooperation and unity. On behalf of the organisers, we very much look forward to your participation and contributions.

Rajiv Singh Hanspal
ISPO President 2015 – 2017
Chair of the ISPO 16th World Congress Committee
 *Source: WHO