WCPT E-Update - February 2020

WCPT Eupdate

WCPT E-Update - February 2020

HI launches handbook on early rehabilitation in conflicts and disasters

Early rehabilitation in conflicts and disasters is the focus of a set of e-learning materials launched by Humanity & Inclusion (HI).

Early rehabilitation for people with traumatic injuries in conflicts and disasters is now recognised as being an integral part of the recovery process. When an emergency strikes, there is a huge surge in the need for early rehabilitation. However, the majority of rehabilitation professionals in countries that experience such emergencies do not have all the skills needed to treat all of the injuries.

HI, with support from AO Foundation and other leading rehabilitation organisations (CBM, ICRC, Livability, MSF-France, WHO), has produced a handbook and e-learning materials. This is the world’s first educational resource to help rehabilitation professionals develop and deliver high quality early rehabilitation intervention.

WCPT was involved in the review of this project and has endorsed the materials.


Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

WCPT has collated information and advice from a number of sources about the Novel Coronavirus (2019nCov) on its website. 

The page includes several links to the World Health Organization website and will be kept up to date: www.wcpt.org/news/Novel-Coronavirus-2019-nCoV


International Women's Day

International Women's Day on 8 March is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

The campaign theme for 2020 is An equal world is an enabled world. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality - to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women's achievements. 

Globally 66% of physical therapists are female - watch out for WCPT's social media posts on the day.

#EachforEqual #IWD2020

Registration now open for WCPT Africa Region Conference

Registration has opened for the WCPT Africa Region conference. 

The conference will take place, 10-13 July 2020, in Cotonu, Benin. WCPT President Emma Stokes will be giving the keynote address.

Registration deadlines
Super early bird: until 29 February
Early bird: 1-31 March
Advanced: 1-30 April
Late and onsite: from 1 May

To register and for more information about the conference: http://bit.ly/3ae9Wi1

WCPT Future Network: call for facilitators

WCPT Future: Network for student and early career physical therapists has issued a call for network facilitators. The application closing date is 13 March 2020.

Are you passionate about physical therapy, interested in making a difference by representing your region, and connecting with the global physical therapy community? 

If you are a student or early career physical therapist with energy and enthusiasm to engage with others, WCPT Future has an exciting and rewarding opportunity for you as a network facilitator. WCPT Future is seeking network facilitators from the WCPT North America Caribbean, South America and Asia Western Pacific regions.

For further information go to: www.wcpt.org/students

World TB Day

World Tuberculosis (TB) Day is commemorated each year on 24 March to raise public awareness about the devastating health, social and economic consequences of TB, and to step up efforts to end the global TB epidemic. 

TB remains the world’s deadliest infectious killer. Each day, over 4,000 people lose their lives to TB and close to 30,000 people fall ill with this preventable and curable disease. Physical therapy can play an important role in the rehabilitation of patients with TB. 


If you are a physical therapist with a special interest in cardiorespiratory see also the WCPT subgroup, the International Confederation of Cardiorespiratory Physical Therapists (ICCrPT).