Programme Manager, Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology (GATE) & Department of Essential Medicines and Health Products (EMP)
Chapal holds a Prosthetics and Orthotics Engineering Degree as well as a Masters degree in Rehabilitation Science from Strathclyde University, UK. He is currently in the process of completing a PHD in Assistive Technology from Trinity College Dublin.
Chapal is with WHO since 2002, prior to which, he was with Mobility India, based in Bangalore, which he founded in 1994. This NGO became a resource organization in the field of assistive technology and development, for the Global South. Prior to that, he worked with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Social Welfare (Government of India) for 14 years.
Before joining WHO, he worked in more than 10 low-income countries and his work took him to more than 75 countries, mostly low- and middle-income. He spent most of his career in the field of assistive technology, community-based rehabilitation, community health and development.
Currently he is working in the department of Essential Medicines & Health Products (EMP) and leading the WHO’s new global initiative – Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology (GATE) to improve access to assistive technology for older people, people with disabilities, people with non-communicable diseases and others in need.