Global report on assistive technology

Assistive products, ranging from wheelchairs, glasses, prosthetic limbs, white canes, and hearing aids to digital solutions like speech recognition software and captioning, are, according to the WHO, vital for over 2.5 billion people worldwide. Most users rely on multiple products, highlighting the need for integrated services. With an aging population and rising noncommunicable diseases, the demand is projected to reach 3.5 billion by 2050. Despite this growing need, access to assistive technology remains limited in many countries, leaving many without essential support. This issue is addressed in the Global report on assistive technology. More in-depth as well as background information on the topic of disability can be found in our disability toolbox.

Celebrating World Refugee Day

By the end of 2023, there were 43.4 million refugees worldwide, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Refugees are people who leave their home country due to conflict, persecution or human rights violations. Although the reasons for migration are diverse, all refugees have the need for protection and the right to asylum in common. To give refugees more recognition and show solidarity with them, we are celebrating World Refugee Day on 20 June 2024. You can find out more about the situation of refugees and their medical challenges in particular in our Refugee Toolbox.

Caregiver Toolbox Video

Caregivers have a major impact on maintaining health services and improving the health status of the population. The daily work in nursing, however, requires good organization, a high sense of responsibility, and continuous education on the latest standards of care. MEDBOX produced a video that is specifically addressed to caregivers. It explains the structure and content of the Caregiver Toolbox, tells stories from caregivers around the world and shows how the online library can simplify their work. Please find the video.

Planetary Health Toolbox

"Planetary Health " works in an interdisciplinary way and deals with the interrelationships of human health, the economic and social system, and the natural habitat of our planet. The Planetary Health Toolbox includes topics such as One Health, Climate change, biodiversity, and impact on health. We have published two Issue Briefs one on "Climate Change & Heath"   and one on "Planetary Health Basics" to raise awareness about heat waves as a result of climate change and its impact on health. Be curious and take a look at our introduction video and into the toolbox.