Rehab Education Needs Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation programs are not keeping pace with changing medical needs in sub-Saharan Africa, writes Woody Rule of the University of Cincinnati’s College of Allied Health.
 
The region carries nearly 24% of the global disease burden, with noncommunicable diseases, like stroke, now outnumbering communicable diseases like lower respiratory infections.
 
But a dearth of rehabilitation education programs is creating a treatment gap. Only 11 of 49 sub-Saharan African countries have entry-level degree programs in physiotherapy; even fewer for occupational therapy.
 
With WHO rehab programs slow to gain traction, a “community-based rehabilitation approach,” armed with local health workers is the answer, Rule writes.
 
The Lancet Global Health Blog

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