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Challenges facing physiotherapy education in Africa

Frantz, Jose

Health care is changing and the demands put on heath professionals are increasing. Physiotherapy education should reflect the heath and social priorities of the nation. The World Confederation of Physical Therapy (WCPT) is committed to assisting physiotherapy association in developing educational standards. Physiotherapy education in Africa however, seems to have a real need for assistance from the WCPT. The aim of this paper is to highlight the challenges facing physiotherapy education in Africa. The Dephi methodology was used to obtain information from key informants involved in the area of physiotherapy education from a variety of African countries. The majority of the participants were people who have experienced physiotherapy education in Afria either as graduates or current teachers. Data were analyzed into themes and sent back to respondents for confirmation. the most important challenges highlighted were: lack of undergraduate training oppertunities, limited number of physiotherapy as an essential service. it is concluded that assistance is needed for physiotherapist from Africa to take their rightful place in health tean and higher education institutions should look at improving diploma qualifications of physiotherapists in African countries.

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Document Title: Challenges facing physiotherapy education in Africa
Journal: The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice
Volume: 5
Issue: 4

Document Type:Journal Article (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:National Systems and Comparative Studies
Country:South Africa
Keywords:Physiotherapy Education, Africa, Heath Care, Access to Health Care, , Higher Education Institutions HEI s

File Size:222 KB
Date Added:04 March 2016

Frantz, Jose (2007). Challenges facing physiotherapy education in Africa, The Internet Journal of Allied Health Science and Practice Vol 5 (4)