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The GATE initiative by WHO: Global Cooperation on Assistive Health Technology.

Recently The World Health Organisation (WHO) has launched the GATE initiative (Global Cooperation on Assistive Health Technology), whose overall goal is helping improve access to high-quality affordable assistive products worldwide. This initiative mirrors the call of one of the six WHO overall programme priorities (“Increasing access to essential, high-quality, safe, effective and affordable medical products), and is consistent with the recently-issued “WHO global disability action plan 2014–2021: Better health for all people with disability”. 
The first GATE Experts Meeting was held on July 3-4 at the WHO headquarter in Geneva, with over 70 participants from all over the world, including two partners of the ENTELIS Consortium who also brought the perspective of end-users education. The meeting was an important milestone for the further development of the GATE initiative within WHO and hopefully beyond. We see it as an important opportunity to increase access to AT worldwide, including in European countries with less resources and AT infrastructure.

Renzo Andrich