Afghanistan: a profile of the profession

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The data has been provided by Afghan Association for Physical Therapy and to the extent possible are a true reflection of the situation in the country, however not all figures are authoritative and should be interpreted accordingly. For questions or feedback please contact countryprofile@wcpt.org

Reference year: 2019

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Summary report for Afghanistan
Professional name
Official names:
  • فزیوتراپی  (Protected by law)
  • Physiotherapist  (Protected by law)
Membership
Number of physical therapist members:
300
Female%
40%
 
Entry level student organisation:
No
Practicing physical therapists
Number of practicing physical therapists:
1,100    (Estimated)
Female%:
Not available
 
Support personnel part of workforce:
Yes
Publications
Journals:
None
Events
Special interest groups recognised by Afghanistan
Recognised special interest groups:
None
Physical therapist professional entry level education
Number of programmes:
11
Finishing education level (minimum):
Diploma
Equivalent fulltime years:
3
 
Entry level programmes
  • Diploma
Note: qualification levels are consistent with ISCED 2011 levels
Post professional degree programmes
Post professional programmes
None
Physical therapist specialisation recognised by Afghanistan
Recognised specialisation:
None
Practice
Scope of practice defined by:
Not defined
Standards of practice:
No
 
Education for autonomous practice:
Yes
 
Legislation to prevent private practice:
Yes
 
Physical Therapists are permitted to:
  • Assess patients/clients
  • Treat (interventions, advice and evaluation of outcome)
  • Refer to other specialists/services
  • Offer preventative advice/services
 
Direct access* permitted:
Yes
Can people self refer to physical therapists in private practice:
Yes
Will this be reimbursed:
No
 
Can people self refer to physical therapists in the public system:
Yes
Limitations:
Yes - There is no exact rule for that but some people can come to PT clinics without any prescription or referred letter.
* Direct access - a person can refer themselves to a physical therapist without referral from another health professional
Regulation
Registration required to practice:
No
CPD* required for re-registration:
No
CPD* required for membership:
No
 
The system of regulation in the country/territory:
There is no system of regulation in Afghanistan. Ministry of Public Health issues diplomas, NGOs, ICRC and other employing organisations require people to have a recognised diploma but there is not an annual registration system as yet.
* CPD - Continuing Professional Development

Other available reference years: 2017  2018