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Themes: Assistive & Accessible Technology

Product Narratives; the challenges of supply and demand-side barriers for priority AT – Disability Innovation Live. 17th September

The third of the GDI Hub's new digital event series will take place on Thursday, September 17th.

In this Disability Innovation Live session, we'll be looking at the Assistive Technology (AT) Product Narratives. The Product Narratives have been developed by the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) under the AT2030 programme, led by GDI Hub, in support of the ATscale Strategy.

These documents set out what we know about the state of the global market for each AT product, and identify global recommendations for how to address some of the barriers to access currently experienced in low and middle-income countries. They are really important documents for the sector, and this is the first time such work has been done on AT following huge success in other sectors, like access to essential medicines. In this session, we will hear from the experts about what the PNs are, how they will inform global policy, and how we hope they will help us reach more people with life-changing AT.


  • Professor Cathy Holloway and Dr Ben Oldfrey from GDI Hub who provided expert input and are building the outcomes into the AT2030 programme
  • Alison End Fineberg from ATscale, which will use the product narratives to inform its investments
  • Frederic Seghers from Clinton Health Access Initiative who developed them
  • Dennis Soendergaard from UNICEF

Background information

We won't have time to go through all of the contents of the Product Narratives in the session, but reports are available in accessible versions on both the AT2030 website ( and the ATscale website (, so have a look in advance.

Additional translated versions of the documents will be available soon.


Designed to spark conversation and debate; panellists will provide an overview of their work followed by a wider discussion on the topic.

Register to join live or watch this space for more details on our upcoming sessions.