Around 150 people from government and non-governmental organisations participated in the Afghan Association for Physical Therapy’s event to mark World Physical Therapy Day. Speakers included a representative from the Ministry of Public Health who promised to support the profession.
Razi Khan, Disability Advisor from the Ministry of Public Health, spoke about the value of physiotherapy services for people with disabilities. He said that the physiotherapy services were intrinsic to new national laws on disability. However, the profession needed more influence at government level. He suggested that the physiotherapy curriculum should be developed.
Del Afroze Afzalzada, the AAPT President, spoke about the history of physiotherapy in Afghanistan and about the AAPT’s relationship with WCPT.
Handicap International’s Country Director Gregory Le Blanc, explained that HI is a non-governmental organisation working in Afghanistan, with physiotherapy services in Herat province and an orthopedic workshop in Kandahar. He said that HI has a capacity building programme for physiotherapists, providing a continuing education programme and opportunities for some Afghan physiotherapists to train outside the country.
He said that Handicap International wanted to see the expansion of the profession in Afghanistan, and congratulated all physiotherapists on World Physical Therapy Day.
Other speakers included Kimia Azizi, Director of the Institute of Health and Science; Abdul Malik Halim from the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan; Aziz Ahmad Adel, Head of the Physical Therapy Institute; Muhib Rahman, from the Doctors’ and Health Workers’ Union; and Najiba Rahmani, from the Ministry of Martyrs and Disabled People.
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