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


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”.

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Cobbing S
Gaede B
Chetty V
Lorenzo T