Thank you to all our member organisations and the many individual physical therapists and health care centres who took part in the day and helped make World Physical Therapy Day 2018 a resounding success!
We have already received a great number of reports of the activities that took place to mark the day - take a look at how the day was celebrated around the world: www.wcpt.org/wptday18.
Thank you to everyone who has submitted their report - if you haven't please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief report (max 200 words) and a small selection of photographs.
The #WorldPTDay hashtag gathered momentum around the globe generating enormous traffic on social media - on Twitter 7.6 million impressions were made with over 4,500 tweets. The hour long physiotalk tweetchat held on 3rd September for World Physical Therapy Day also achieved a reach of 1.4 million people.
For the first time, WCPT published animation videos promoting this year's campaign message - these proved enormously popular with both the English and Spanish versions each achieving a reach of 300,000 people.
Candidates for WCPT President and Vice President announced
The candidates for election to the positions of President and Vice President have been announced as follows:
Candidates for President
Emma K. Stokes
Candidates for Vice President
Michel D. Landry
John Xerri de Caro
The elections will take place at the General Meeting, 8-9 May 2019, in Geneva, Switzerland. Only WCPT member organisations in good standing are able to vote, with each organisation having one vote.
This month WCPT has developed an information note to provide guidance for recipients and donors to help find the best possible solution for the donation of physical therapy equipment.
In some countries nearly 80% of health care equipment is donated or funded by international donors. But, according to WHO a large proportion (up to 70% in sub-Saharan Africa) of donated equipment lies idle because of a disconnect between recipients and donors around need. WCPT has developed the information note in response to this with input from a range of stakeholders including ADAPT, ICRC and WHO.