The ninth RehApp newsletter

The ninth RehApp newsletter

February 26, 2021
Léa Guignard
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Dear stakeholders involved in the RehApp developments. Herewith we would like to provide you with the ninth update on the RehApp.

In our last update, we informed you of the need to have a content management system (CMS) built, which would allow the Enablement team to directly upload content on the mobile application that is the RehApp, as well as for local partners to upload their translations. The form-making part of it is well underway, and we expect that it will be ready by the beginning of April. With this, we will be able to create the elements related to client files, including assessment, goal setting, planning for interventions and so on. After this, we will focus our efforts on upgrading the app design and finalising the CMS in order to add the content. We also wish to make the data inputted into the app relevant for management purposes of organisations, so that they may also get an overview of the people they are reaching and the success of their interventions. We believe this will also go a long way in ensuring that organisations in our partner countries truly take up the RehApp as part of their way of working, and thus safeguard its sustainability.

In the meantime, we have continued our efforts to develop RehApp content, in the form of flashcards. All available chapters are currently available in English and Portuguese and will soon also be ready in French and Tajik. As usual, you can keep an eye on this page of our website for new additions. Moreover, the chapters on Spina Bifida/Hydrocephalus, Dementia, Epilepsy, and Albinism will soon be released – in the aforementioned order – and are to be translated and piloted. The chapters on Autism, Down Syndrome and Intellectual Disabilities are in the process of being drafted. Should you, readers, have any interest in translating or piloting a specific chapter(s), do not hesitate to contact us!

Discussions related to evaluating the impact of the RehApp are still underway, although these have not been in the forefront due to lack of time and the difficulty in meeting face-to-face as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. We are, however, closely working with universities and students to continue developing RehApp content and conduct small-scale research projects on the needs in the field, pertaining to specific disabilities (i.e. dementia).

Finally, we are also very pleased to report that the RehApp has been presented at the Global Disability Health Forum in December 2020, as well as in February 2021 at the Zero Project Conference where it was also awarded. The positive attention and recognition of the RehApp encourage us to continue our efforts, in the hopes that we will soon be able to realise our dream of making information available to people with disabilities and their relatives who belong to the poorest 2 billion of this world.

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns or questions!

The RehApp team

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