ISSA Webinar: Long COVID and rising rehabilitation needs – New insights

15 February 2024 | Virtual

ISSA Webinar: Long COVID and rising rehabilitation needs – New insights

15 February 2024 | Virtual

Thursday 15 February 2024, 13:00−14:00 (UTC/GMT+1 or CET)

Languages: Simultaneous interpretation in English, French German and Spanish (Simultaneous interpretation – Frequently asked questions)

This webinar delves into recent strides on how social security institutions address growing rehabilitation needs. It presents findings from an international survey and the report Rehabilitation for COVID-19 and Post-COVID-19 Conditions, by the ISSA Working Group on Rehabilitation.

The report includes data collected on service provision for COVID-19 patients in acute, post-acute and long-term rehabilitative care, financing aspects, standards of assessment and provision gaps. Through the analysis of country-specific data, the report improves our understanding of recent developments and contributes to meeting heightened rehabilitation needs post-pandemic.

The webinar will feature insights from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on their expertise, projects, and future strategies on this critical topic.

Join us for this ISSA Webinar on rehabilitation, the eighth in a series of webinars organized in collaboration with the ISSA Working Group on Rehabilitation, on various aspects of this major challenge related to the ISSA’s four triennial topical priorities.


Raúl Ruggia-Frick Raúl Ruggia-Frick, Director, Social Security Development Branch, ISSA
Dr Susanne Weinbrenner Dr Susanne Weinbrenner, Head, Social Medicine and Rehabilitation Department, German Federal Pension Insurance (DRV Bund), Germany and Chair of the ISSA Working Group on Rehabilitation
Wouter de Groote Dr Wouter De Groote, Technical Adviser, Rehabilitation Programme, Non-communicable Disease Department, World Health Organization (WHO)
Federico Pratellesi Federico Pratellesi, Health Policy Researcher, Health Division, Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)


Nathalie De Wulf Moderated by Nathalie De Wulf, Coordinator of the ISSA Working Group on Rehabilitation

This webinar will examine the following questions:

  • What are the key trends concerning rehabilitation services, financial considerations, assessment standards and provision gaps?
  • Which strategies and services have demonstrated to be most efficient?
  • How are international organizations integrating rehabilitation services into care model for individuals with post-COVID-19 conditions?
  • How can we drive global attention towards the increasing demand for rehabilitation services post-pandemic?


  • Welcome by Marcelo Abi-Ramia Caetano, ISSA Secretary General
  • Introduction by ISSA
  • Presentation of the findings of the report by DRV-Bund, Germany
  • The views from WHO
  • The views from OECD
  • Q&A – Panel discussion
  • Next steps & conclusions

Practical information

The webinar is open to delegates of ISSA member organizations and invited institutions without registration fees.