Supporting Occupational Therapy in low and middle income countries
                                                                                      Supporting Occupational Therapy in low and middle income                                                                     countries

Who has inspired you?

OT Frontiers would love to hear about those who are inspiring us to practice, build and improve Occupational Therapy in low-and-middle income countries and in humanitarian contexts. 
 
Have you been inspired by an Occupational Therapist or rehabilitation worker (professional or assistant), community-based health worker, student, someone in the UK or another country, a teacher, the work of an organisation, a particular service, or someone else?
 
This is not a competition, there will be no award.  We simply want to hear about their contributions, celebrate and share those stories by putting a selection on our website and facebook.
 

We would like to hear from you in up to 500 words by 11th December on the form found via the link below.  If your nominee is an individual please only refer to them by their first name (for data protection).  We will get back to you if your story chimes with giving voice to those who are inspiring us so that we can establish whether your nominee would be happy to share their story.

 

OT Frontiers Mission Statement

 

OT Frontiers is a network of occupational therapists based in the UK who have an interest in occupational therapy in low and middle income countries. We aim to promote an understanding of how as UK occupational therapists we can most appropriately apply our practice in the context of these countries. Whenever possible we collaborate with our overseas colleagues in projects that they undertake.

 News

Recently received  news highlights - more details on our News page.

OT Frontiers AGM 

October 2020

We were delighted to host our

Keynote Speaker at the OT Frontiers AGM on 24th October 2020:

 

DR ROSEMARY CROUCH

spoke about

"PARTNERSHIP WORKING INTERNATIONALLY"

 

This was followed by a presentation by our OT colleagues in Bangladesh who presented on:

“Impacts of Covid-19 on OT service delivery in Bangladesh.”

Click here for a summary of the presentations

 Humanity & Inclusion,

in collaboration with key partners (the AO Foundation, ICRC, MSF France, CBM, Livability and the WHO), launched the world’s first educational resource for

Early Rehabilitation in Conflicts and Disasters. 

The Field Handbook is freely available globally andonlinefor any rehabilitation professionals living in or preparing to work in emergency settings.  

This educational resource is now accessible through 3 different channels: 

  1. The Field Handbook  
  2. HI's YouTube channel:  A catalogue of videos has been developed alongside Humanity & Inclusion, MSF-France and ICRC rehabilitation therapists and beneficiaries from around the world. This ensures that the resource is free and accessible to healthcare professionals internationally. 
  3. Disaster Ready e-Learning course 

Nov 2020

 
The OT and Inclusive Education Project in Pakistan, including a downloadable Resource Guide can be accessed at:   https://otiepakistan.pk/
 
An article about the importance of collaboration in this project was published in BJOT last month.  For more details go to our News page.
 
July 2020

 

A downloadable resource with ideas for therapists and students preparing to practice in low and middle income countries.

 

January 2018

 

The CBR Matrix

 

The importance of understanding Community Based Rehabilitation if working in low and middle income countries, was discussed at the last OT Frontiers Meeting. The CBR matrix is a visual representation.  Find out more at: http://www.who.int/disabilities/cbr/en/

 

 

 

UK-Med Community of Practice

 

UK-Med provides emergency medical care in the aftermath of large and sudden-onset disasters. Previously known as the UK International Trauma Register now healthcare workers committed to emergency humanitarian response are invited to join the UK-Med Community of Practice.

 

For more information go to:  https://www.uk-med.org/

 

European MSc in OT

A 2-year part-time programme, offered by a consortium of five European universities, who offer one module each, followed by the thesis module which you can do wherever you are in the world. 

For more details go to our News page.

 

Aug 2020

MAITS provides small grants to enable experienced disability professionals from all over the world to share their skills with those working with and caring for those with neuro-developmental disabilities in low and middle-income countries. 

For more information click here

 

Gorkha Development Scheme (Nepal) 

 

Still recruiting volunteers

 

 

Click here for more information

 

September 2020

 

INCLUDE: A Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR) learning community

 

 INCLUDE is an online learning community for community-based rehabilitation (CBR) that aims to inform and support CBR managers and interested stakeholders around the world. Learn more on by clicking on the tiltle to go to out Resource page or go to:

http://include.edc.org/ 

Our next meeting:

 

Our next meeting: 

 

 

23rd January 2021

More details soon.

 

For more information click here.

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For all communications please note:

OT Frontiers is a network of UK based OTs who have an interest in practice in low and middle income countries. Information we exchange between ourselves and with others is offered in a spirit of mutual sharing; it should not be considered as advice. OT Frontiers does not necessarily endorse any organisation we mention. Please make your own enquiries regarding the legitimacy and safety of any organisation you plan to engage with. OT Frontiers strongly advises individuals to follow the travel advice of the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and recognise that their advice about any destination can change at short notice. Organisations in other countries do not always have advanced understanding of the implications of security situations for foreign visitors; it is the responsibility of the prospective visitor to make their own judgment.

 

 

 

Small Project Grants

In line with OT Frontier's primary aim to support individual Occupational Therapists and groups of OTs who are contributing towards the development of the OT profession in low or middle income resource settings, OT Frontiers will consider funding small scale projects or the CPD of colleagues.

 

This will help successful applicants to complete small scale projects or CPD activities, the results of which will contribute to:

  • participation in OT service developments at local and national level
  • the continuing professional development of OT'

 

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