To improve the quality of life for people with disabilities in Kenya through rehabilitation-focused education, service provision and research.
ICDR-Kenya is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities in Kenya through rehabilitation-focused education, service provision and research. In partnership with the Disability Service Programme (DSP) ICDR-Kenya has been sending Canadian physiotherapy and occupational therapy students to Nyanza Province in Western Kenya for clinical placements since 2004.
Vice-Chair Education: Ellen Leung
Vice-Chair Research: Puja Ahluwalia
Vice-Chair Finance: Viola Kwok
Puja Ahluwalia, Barb Bocking, Blythe Dalziel, Julie Hard, Viola Kwok, Ellen Leung, Michael Willekes
Disability Service Programme, Nyzanza, Kenya – The DSP is a non-profit community based program employing community health workers who provide rehabilitation services to individuals living with a disability throughout Nyanza Province.
In partnership with the Disability Service Programme (DSP) the KWG has been sending Canadian physiotherapy and occupational therapy students to Nyanza Province in Western Kenya for clinical placements since 2004. The DSP office and clinic is located in Opapo, a village outside Homa Bay in Nyanza Province. The DSP clinic is in operation Tuesdays and Thursdays with the remaining days of the week spent in the surrounding districts doing home visits, outreach clinics, and school visits. Within the context of a community-based rehabilitation (CBR) programme, students will work with a wide variety of clients, patient populations and clinical presentations. Children comprise a large percentage of clients seen.
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Haro A, Knight B, Cameron D, Nixon S, Ahluwalia P, & Hicks E. Becoming an occupational therapist: Perceived influence of international fieldwork placements on clinical practice: Devenir ergotherapeute : perceptions face a l’influence des stages internationaux sur la pratique clinique. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy. 2014; 81(3):173-82.
Presented at the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapy Conference 2012
- Ahluwalia, P., Hard, J., Barnes, J., Dalziel, B., Hicks, E., Nixon, S. “Placements in developing countries: Can they do more good than harm?”
- World Congress of Physical Therapist Conference; Amsterdam, Netherlands, June 20-23, 2011.
- Canadian Association of Occupational Therapy Conference; Quebec City, QC, Canada, June 6-9, 2012.