Global Report on Assistive Technology (GReAT) Launch

Global Report on Assistive Technology (GReAT) Launch
Written by Publishing Team

The World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) invite you to join the virtual launch of the first Global Report on Assistive Technology (GReAT) on Monday, 16 May 2022 from 15:00 to 16:00 CEST (Geneva).

The GReAT report was developed in response to the World Health Assembly resolution WHA71.8 on improving access to assistive technology adopted in May 2018. The global impact of the WHO-UNICEF Global Report on Assistive Technology will be advanced. The Global Report recognizes assistive technology and enabling environments as a precondition for people in need to realize their human rights, and evidence-based best practice examples and 10 key actionable recommendations on improving access to assistive technology, for everyone, everywhere.


The launch will be emceed by Nujeen Mustafa, author, refugee, and disability rights advocate. Ms. Mustafa will introduce distinguished guests who will share their collective wisdom on the relevance of assistive technology for everyone, everywhere.

Welcome and opening remarks

Dr Mariangela Simão, Assistant Director-General, Medicines and Health Products Division, WHO

Ms Nujeen Mustafa, Author, Refugee, and Disability Rights Advocate


His Excellency Mr Micheál MartinPrime Minister, Ireland

Dr Tedros Adhanom GhebreyesusDirector General, WHO

Ms Catherine RussellExecutive Director UNICEF

Her Excellency, Ms. Amina J. Mohamed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations

Ms Anne Rabbitte TD., Minister of State at the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth and Department of Health with special responsibility for Disabilities

Dr Ruth Warick, Vice-Chair, International Disability Alliance

Launch of the Global Report

Dr Tedros Adhanom GhebreyesusDirector-General, WHO

Ms Catherine RussellExecutive Director UNICEF

Closing remarks

Dr Balram BhargavaSecretary, Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India

Ms Afshan KhanDirector, Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia, UNICEF

Mr Pascal BijleveldCEO, ATscale

Ms Victoria AustinCEO, and Co-Founder, Global Disability Innovation Hub

Ms Nujeen Mustafa

The event will be hosted on Zoom Passcode: GReAT2022 (No registration needed) and live-streamed on WHO social media channels
Youtube, Twitter,
Instagram, Facebook,
LinkedIn, TikTok).

The event will have simultaneous translation and live captioning in Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish, Russian, and international sign language.

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Help spread the word about the GReAT by using and following the hashtag #ATChangesLives

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