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Product Narratives: Wheelchairs

A Market Landscape and Strategic Approach to Increasing Access to Wheelchairs and Related Services in Low and Middle Income Countries

AT2030 and ATscale, the Global Partnership for Assistive Technology, are pleased to share the publication, “Wheelchair Product Narrative: A Market Landscape and Strategic Approach to Increasing Access to Wheelchairs and Related Services in Low- and Middle-Income Countries.”

Product Narrative Wheelchair

This report was developed by the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) under the AT2030 programme in support of the ATscale Strategy. The AT2030 programme is funded by UK aid from the UK government and led by the Global Disability Innovation Hub. The report is available on our website and the ATscale website. Additional accessible and translated versions of the document will be available soon.

The document reflects a detailed analysis of the market landscape for wheelchairs and associated services and systems and proposes a potential strategic approach to increasing access to affordable and appropriate devices and services. The report builds on the wheelchair analysis completed by the Boston Consulting Group for USAID and the Global Disability Innovation Hub for UK Aid, both delivered in June 2018. The authors wish to acknowledge and thank wheelchair sector experts, many of whom were brought together through the GATE network, for their valuable time and insights that made development of this report possible. Thank you also to the ATscale Forming Committee members and AT2030 programme partners for their contributions.

This report will be foundational in informing ATscale’s activities and investments in line with Objective II of ATscale’s Strategy Overview to identify and invest in interventions required to shape markets and overcome supply and demand-side barriers for priority AT. It is also a key element of the AT2030 objectives helping to identify opportunities for AT2030 and others to test innovative models of what works to improve access to AT with the potential to reach scale, through innovative products, new service delivery models and local capacity. We look forward to engaging with partners interested in aligning their activities with the proposed strategic approach to enable the sector to collaboratively unlock potential to reach those most in need.

We would appreciate receiving ongoing feedback and comments on this document and consultation on the narratives in development for other priority product areas. To provide your feedback on this document and/or to indicate interest in participating in consultations with CHAI for product areas including hearing aids, prosthetics, spectacles and assistive digital devices and software, please use the following form.

If you have any questions on this document, please reach out to the corresponding author, Margaret Savage from CHAI, at To learn more about the AT2030 programme, please write to Rosa Salazar at For questions on ATscale, please write to Alison End Fineberg, Director of ATscale, at

Also available in ChineseFrench | Spanish  Additional accessible versions of this document will be available soon.