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Pushing Down the Walls: Advocating for “Rehabilitation for All” in South Africa

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Saul Cobbing ,

University of KwaZulu-Natal, ZA
About Saul
Saul Cobbing is a qualified Physiotherapist and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physiotherapy at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa. His research is focused on rehabilitation for people living with HIV in under-resourced communities and decoloniality in health professions education.
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Bernhard Gaede,

University of KwaZulu-Natal, ZA
About Bernhard

Bernhard Gaede is a qualified medical doctor and is an Associate Professor and Academic Leader in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa. His research is focused on primary healthcare, rural health, medical education and social justice.

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Verusia Chetty,

University of KwaZulu-Natal, ZA
About Verusia
Theresa Lorenzo is a qualified occupational therapist, and is Professor and Head of the Division of Disability Studies in the Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa. Her research is focused on Community-based rehabilitation and Youth, women and disability inclusive development.
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Theresa Lorenzo

University of Cape Town, ZA
About Theresa
Verusia Chetty is a qualified Physiotherapist and is a Professor and Academic Leader in the Department of Physiotherapy at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa. Her research is focused on health professions education, health systems strengthening and rehabilitation for people living with HIV.

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Abstract

This article aims to advocate for providing rehabilitation to all South Africans in the context of achieving universal health coverage. The potential benefits of accessible rehabilitation for South Africans with chronic disease and disability are described and supported by a description of national and international policies that promote the delivery of primary healthcare services (including rehabilitation) into or near people’s homes.  A discussion follows on why the ‘walls’ separating professional silos need to be broken down to ensure that rehabilitation can be provided in a cost-effective and sustainable manner. The authors also suggest ways in which advocacy efforts can be strengthened to assist in this call for “rehabilitation for all”.

How to Cite: Cobbing, S., Gaede, B., Chetty, V. and Lorenzo, T., 2022. Pushing Down the Walls: Advocating for “Rehabilitation for All” in South Africa. Disability, CBR & Inclusive Development, 33(3), pp.68–80. DOI: http://doi.org/10.47985/dcidj.612
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Published on 03 Nov 2022.
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