Rwanda: a profile of the profession

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The data has been provided by Rwanda Physical Therapy Organisation 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: 2018

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Summary report for Rwanda
Summary report
Professional name
English name:
Physiotherapy  (Protected by law)
National language names:
  • Physiotherapist   (Protected by law)
  • Kinesitherapie  (Protected by law)
  • Physiotherapie  (Protected by law)
  • None  (Not protected by law)
Membership
Number of physical therapist members:
75
Female%
76%
 
Entry level student organisation:
No
Practising physical therapists
Number of practising physical therapists:
320    (Estimated)
Female%:
66%
 
Support personnel part of workforce:
Yes
Publications
Journals:
None
Events
CPD Events:
Special interest groups recognised by Rwanda
Recognised special interest groups:
  • Cardiorespiratory physical therapy
  • Electrophysical agents
  • Health promotion (includes non-communicable/chronic disease management, physical activity)
  • Information management and technology
  • Mental health
  • Neurology
  • Orthopaedics/manual therapy
  • Occupational health and ergonomics
  • Older people
  • Pain (includes pain management, pain research)
  • Paediatrics
  • Private practitioners
  • Sports physical therapy
  • Womens health
Collaborative arrangements (twinning)
APTA,
With APTA, we signed a Letter of Understanding through the Organisation called Health Volunteer Overseas, which will be supporting Physiotherapy profession in Rwanda.
 
Uganda Physiotherapy Association and the Tanzanian PT Association and Kenya Society of Physiotherapists
For the Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania PT associations, we have established a regional parternship between us where we meet once a year for a three- days Scientific Conference, alternating from country to country. We even asked Burundi to join us but it is still in process of applying for WCPT membership.
 
Canadian Physiotherapy Association
We also got two visits of PTs from Canada who sometimes came to teach some courses at our Physiotherapy School.
Physical therapist professional entry level education
Number of programmes:
1
Starting education level (minimum):
Secondary
Finishing education level (minimum):
Diploma
Equivalent fulltime years:
4
 
Other entry level programmes
No
Note: qualification levels are consistent with ISCED 1997 levels
Post professional degree programmes
Post professional degree programmes:
Bachelors degree
Physical therapist specialisation recognised by Rwanda
Recognised specialisation:
  • Cardiorespiratory physical therapy
  • Electrophysical agents
  • Health promotion (includes non-communicable/chronic disease management, physical activity)
  • Neurology
  • Orthopaedics/manual therapy
  • Occupational health and ergonomics
  • Older people
  • Paediatrics
  • Sports physical therapy
  • Womens health
Practice
Scope of practice defined by:
A partnership between a regulation/licensing/registration body and the WCPT member organisation
Standards of practice:
Yes, the standards of the regulatory/licensing/registration authority
Code of conduct:
Yes, the code of conduct of the regulatory/licensing/registration authority
 
Education for autonomous practice:
Yes
Limitations:
Yes - Some of the Insurance companies limit physiotherapy sessions to patients
 
Legislation to prevent private practice:
No
 
Physical Therapists are permitted to:
  • Act as first contact/autonomous practitioners
  • Assess patients/clients
  • Make a diagnosis
  • 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:
In part
 
Can people self refer to physical therapists in the public system:
Yes
Limitations:
Yes - Not all medical insurers are paying for services rendered
* Direct access - a person can refer themselves to a physical therapist without referral from another health professional
Regulation
Registration required to practice:
Yes
CPD* required for re-registration:
Yes
CPD* required for membership:
Yes
 
The system of regulation in the country:
There is a Law putting in place the Rwanda Allied Health Professions Council since January 2013
* CPD - Continuing Professional Development