Trade agreements have a major international effect on health and the ability of health professionals to work in other countries. So national professional and regulatory bodies need to be more engaged with governments to ensure new agreements promote quality health services.
The Sociedad Ecuatoriana de Fisioterapia (SEF) has announced a second field trip for physical therapist volunteers to help the injured and homeless along Ecuador's Pacific coast.
WCPT has put its name to an open letter to all UN member states, calling on them to take measures to protect patients, health workers and health facilities during armed conflict.
By Emma Stokes, WCPT President
The new WCPT Board took office on 4th May 2015. It is hard to imagine that a full year has gone by. It has been remarkable time, transformative and full of energy.
WCPT’s draft strategic plan for the next four years has received an overwhelmingly positive response from member organisations, regions, subgroups and networks.
New WCPT resources on disaster management are helping inform the physical therapy response to recent earthquakes.
WCPT represented the physical therapy profession at a World Health Organization consensus meeting to finalise a list of assistive products which member states should make widely available.
Professions and organisations with expertise in non-communicable diseases (NCDs) discussed ways of putting these conditions at the heart of national health priorities at a World Health Organization “virtual dialogue meeting”.
Three physical therapists have been honoured for their commitment to improving global health through their voluntary work in the education, training, and professional development of health workers in resource-scarce countries.
WCPT’s European Region has signed a ground-breaking agreement with a key European doctors’ organisation, to cooperate and campaign together on matters of mutual interest.
WCPT’s Africa Region is supporting physiotherapists in Sierra Leone in a move to establish a professional association and BSc degree programme. There are currently only four trained Sierra Leonean physiotherapists in a country with around 450,000 people with disabilities.
All six recommendations to governments in the World Health Organization’s report on childhood obesity are relevant to physical therapy, and should prompt professionals to consider their role in prevention and treatment.
Brenda Myers has left WCPT after 21 years of service as its Secretary General. She announced her decision to WCPT member organisations in September, saying that it had been a privilege to work for WCPT but it was now time for a new chapter in her life and other adventures.
Physical therapists should be considered central to disaster management, and an intrinsic part of planning for and responding to events such as earthquakes and floods. That is the message of a major new WCPT publication.
WCPT has pledged its support to the international Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) campaign raising awareness of the impact of violence on health professionals in conflict areas.
A new WCPT strategic plan looks ahead to the Confederation developing a stronger global community of physical therapists, building influence for the Confederation and the profession, and supporting the profession with increased knowledge-sharing.
Physical therapists can and should make “considerable efforts” to advocate for the inclusion of people with disabilities in their own profession, as in all walks of life, according to a new WCPT paper.
By Emma Stokes, WCPT President
WCPT’s detailed survey of WCPT member organisations, subgroups, networks and individual physical therapists has yielded an impressive 786 responses, with 81 of WCPT’s 111 member organisations providing responses on behalf of their organisation.