World Physical Therapy Day 2017 celebrated around the world
Once again, World Physical Therapy Day has been a massive success with celebrations taking place around the world and toolkit materials being translated into 11 languages.
Thank you to all WCPT member organisations and physical therapists who have sent in their reports about activities held to celebrate the day. This year's "Physical Activity for Life" message was enthusiastically taken up around the world and used as the focus of the day.
Every day in conflict zones, doctors, nurses, ambulance drivers and first-aiders are coming under attack while trying to save lives. They are threatened, arrested or beaten, their hospitals looted or bombed. Some are unable to work because medical supplies can't get through. Some are forced to flee for their lives. Some are even killed.
In response to this, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Red Crescent Movement have set up the Health Care in Danger initiative. Earlier this month, a video was launched with the message “We should not accept it anywhere”.
Help to raise awareness of this campaign - share the video and tell everyone that Health Workers are #NotATarget http://bit.ly/2wSht6Z
WCPT would like to take this opportunity to remember and pay tribute to physical therapist, Lorena Enebral Pérez, an amputee rehabilitation specialist who was recently shot and killed by a patient in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan. www.wcpt.org/news/physical-therapists-pay-tribute-sept17
International Day of Older Persons
The International Day of Older Persons is celebrated every year on 1st October. For 2017 the United Nations has set the theme as “Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Persons in Society.”
Get involved in the day on Twitter: follow @UN4Ageing and use the hashtag #UNIDOP for all your tweets.
WCPT is sad to announce the passing of Inger Brøndsted, who served as the WCPT Executive Committee member for the European Region (1999-2003) and WCPT Vice President (2003-07). She graduated in 1966 as a physiotherapist in Copenhagen, Denmark and was elected as President of the Danish Physiotherapy Association in 1979, a role she continued until 2000.
The Lancet has published a series of open access articles on the Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD) with the latest estimates for health trends worldwide, providing data on more than 330 diseases, causes of death, and injuries: http://thelancet.com/gbd.
The GBD is the most comprehensive worldwide observational epidemiological study to date. It describes mortality and morbidity from major diseases, injuries and risk factors to health at global, national and regional levels. Examining trends from 1990 to the present and making comparisons across populations enables understanding of the changing health challenges facing people across the world in the 21st century.
Handicap International (Vietnam) / USAID project
Following the successful implementation of the SUDA project, WCPT is once again partnering with Handicap International in a USAID funded project on advancing medical care and rehabilitation education in Vietnam.
WCPT sent a team to Vietnam earlier this month to carry out a Gap analysis. The physical therapy entry level education programmes in three universities were examined.
Vietnam currently has an approximate population of 95 million, served by approximately 4,000 physical therapists.
International conference on health professional regulation
The fifth World Health Professions Regulation Conference is scheduled to take place immediately before the World Health Organization’s World Health Assembly in Geneva on 19-20 May 2018. It will provide participants with insights, perspectives and discussion on current challenges in health professional regulation.
Key speakers will explore the lessons learned from competence-based approaches to regulation, compare regulatory models and examine ways of promoting best practice in regulatory governance and performance.