Working as a physiotherapist, occupational therapist or orthotist/prosthetist in disadvantaged countries is one of life’s most enriching experiences, both professionally and personally.
Yet in order to take up this challenge in a propitious environment and provide a decent, long-lasting service that truly helps the local people and environment, it is not enough to have good intentions and motivation, or only knowledge applicable to a European context.
It is essential to understand the role of physiotherapists, learn how to treat illnesses that do not exist in our countries, know how to deal with different cultures, different environments, have the tools necessary to provide a satisfactory response at short notice in an often unknown context. We must learn how to protect ourselves, how to respond to physical and psychological factors, how to prepare a long-lasting project and carry it forward in a coherent manner, how to truly live the experience and how to return home. In short, in order to work in the humanitarian world, you must be prepared.
This programme will help provide the tools, resources and knowledge necessary to cope with many of the challenges you will come up against during humanitarian missions. It will also teach you how to make a career out of international cooperation.
To provide professionals who are interested in working on humanitarian missions and want to be prepared the necessary therapeutic, physical and psychological tools, as well as the information required to build a paid career in the field of humanitarian action.
- To become familiar with the various pathologies the participants will encounter in disadvantaged countries and how to treat them using physiotherapy.
- To learn how to construct technical aids.
- To become familiar with common illnesses and learn to protect oneself and/or take action in the event of infection.
- To learn how to differentiate and identify the different types of missions.
- To acquire resoruces to deal with intercultural differences during a mission.
- To learn how to act in the event of a natural disaster or war.
- To learn about the different jobs that exist and the NGOs in which it is possible to build a paid career.
- Development missions and emergency missions: differences, context, materials, agents, objectives.
- Interculturality: how it could affect our work, relationships and perception of pathologies.
- Pathologies in disadvantaged countries and treatment with physiotherapy: poliomyelitis, tuberculosis, Buruli ulcer, leprosy, filariasis, gynaecological fistulas, club feet, rickets, war wounds, paediatric conditions, spinal injury.
- Prevention and medical treatment of infectious diseases: dengue, malaria...
- Physical and psychological resources for coping with a disaster: flooding, earthquake...
- Orthopaedics: construction of splints using basic, local materials.
- Type of work: NGOs and associations in wich to build a professional career.