DevelopingPhysio is developing a physiotherapy teaching curriculum, so that communities with no access to rehabilitation can learn skills and treat patients themselves.
The curriculum is split into thirty teaching modules (these include Strokes, Amputees, Burns, Cerebral palsy, Spinal cord injuries, Polio, Leprosy, Back pain, Fractures and more). All modules are non-linguistic and use picture flow diagrams to guide the student safely through assessment, diagnosis and treatment stages. See how it works...
Why are we doing this..?
80% of people with disabilities live in developing countries (WHO) and 62 countries (one third of the world) have no access to rehabilitation. This is why it is so critical to teach physiotherapy skills to communities in such a way that it empowers their own rehabilitation systems and enables them to treat their patients themselves.
"The probability of children never having attended school is doubled if they have disabilities…"
"Unless disabled people are brought into the development mainstream, it will be impossible to cut poverty in half by 2015 or to give every girl and boy the chance to achieve a primary education by the same date (which is among) the goals agreed to by more than 180 world leaders at the UN Millennium Summit in September 2000" (James Wolfensohn, former President of the World Bank, 2002).
One pair of hands can provide genuine sustainable rehabilitation, please help us pass on these skills, and see how it works.