Learning, Acting and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems - ReLAB-HS

Project Details

Boys in traditional Apkistani clothing in a rural setting running towards the camera

The Learning, Acting and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems (ReLAB-HS) is an opportunity to provide access to high-quality sustainable services that are responsive to the growing need for physical rehabilitation.

ReLAB-HS is a comprehensive five-year program that will respond to the escalating need for physical rehabilitation services in low- and middle-income countries.

We will work across all levels of the health system, building technical, policy and research capacity; increasing political commitment; and inspiring leadership. ReLAB-HS will use new technology and support simple, low-cost service delivery models that expand access to rehabilitation in the home and community – where it is needed most.

The program will focus on building local and international leadership, crafting and implementing local, demand-driven approaches and innovations, and working largely in communities and home settings, implementing real and relevant rehabilitation and policy solutions

This project is expected to run until 2025.


Professor Barbara McPake
Professor Ajay Mahal
Professor Sumit Kane
Dr Alex Robinson
Katherine Gilbert
Dr Wesley Pryor
Fleur Smith
Dr Manjula Marella
Dr Matt Reeve
Dr Felix Kiefel-Johnson
Katherine Dobson


Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Humanity and Inclusion
Miracle Feet
UCP Wheels for Humanity


This project has been made possible with a grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Leahy War Victims Fund

Research Publications

Waterworth CJ, Smith F, Kiefel-Johnson F, Pryor W, Marella M. Integration of rehabilitation services in primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of health care systems in low- and middle-income countries: a scoping review. Disabil Rehabil. 2024 Feb 20:1-12. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2024.2317422.

Research Group

Disability, Inclusion and Rehabilitation Designing disability-inclusive virtual healthcare

School Research Themes

Disparities, disadvantage and effective health care

Key Contact

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Department / Centre

Nossal Institute for Global Health

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