Online Course
The Global Need for Rehabilitation
Exploring the worldwide struggle for equitable rehabilitation services

1-1.5 hours





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Sumit Kane
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Sumit Kane is a researcher who explores equity, quality, and responsiveness of low- and middle-income country health systems

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Learning, Acting and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems

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In 2019, the Global Burden of Disease Study showed that one in three people, which is approximately 2.4 billion individuals, would benefit from rehabilitation. The number of people living with non-communicable diseases is increasing, and the world population is ageing. Rapid urbanisation, conflict, and motorisation have consequences for people living with injury or disability. The poorest and most vulnerable populations have the highest unmet rehabilitation needs. In this course, Sumit Kane will discuss specific rehabilitation needs, the distribution, and the key drivers of these needs. Lastly, he will explain the action plan for responsiveness to these global demands.


This course aims to explain the global need for rehabilitation services.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at rehabilitation professionals, students and assistants including but not limited to Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Rehabilitation Doctors, Rehabilitation Nurses, Prosthetists, Orthotists, Psychologists, Audiologists, Dietetics, Social Workers. Community Health Workers, Nurses or Medical Doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1-1.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
Types of Activities - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. Participating in an international discussion forum.
Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 0.9 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • explain why low-income countries have the highest demand for rehabilitation services
  • discuss which demographic factors are associated with higher rehabilitation needs
  • identify which impairments are associated with a high demand for rehabilitation services
  • identify the ten priority areas for action from the Rehab 2030 Call to Action
Featured reviews
I wish the course should be developed more, especially for us working in the refugees' settlement camps in northern Uganda (Africa).
Mattia Oboke
I found this course interesting and informative. It has described the scope and rehabilitation needs in the prevention and reduction of disabilities. This course makes clear recommendations for future planning and works for individuals with disabilities.