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OTARG is a regional group of World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT).

The regional groups of WFOT are according to the World Health Organisation regions of Africa.
OTARG is the sub-Saharan regional group of WFOT.

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Dear Colleagues,

Receive my kind greetings!

It has been a long time since the anti gay bill got the approval of Uganda Parliament and UAOT has not since updated the international colleagues on this sensitive matter. As a quick response to the fear being expressed by a number of our international colleagues, UAOT resolved to write a position statement on prevailing state of the anti gay bill in Uganda.

Please download the attachment to find all the details. The information on the attachment can be widely shared with colleague occupational therapist as this is intended to assure them on the safety of Uganda ahead of the 9th OTARG Congress to be held in Kampala-Uganda from 7th to 11th September 2015


Ekwan Francis Uzu
UAOT President

Photos from the 8th OTARG Congress in Harare, Zimbabwe

Delegates from approximately 10 international countries


Sarah Matovu., Chairperson of OTARG, opening the Congress in Harare

The new Executive Committee


Please click here to see an invitation from WHO for occupational therapists to join the Global Clinical Practice Network and participate in the further development of the ICD11 - classification of mental and behavioural disorders.

On 1st May 2014, there were 10,250 total registrants in the GCPN. Of this, 0.5% (N = 51) stated that they were OTs.
Following a reminder from the WFOT, the GCPN reported a significant increase in this number with 245 OTs in the network at 25th June.

We are all looking forward to seeing that number grow further. There are very few OTs in Africa who have enrolled.



Have you visited OTseeker recently? The OTseeker database was developed to give rapid access to bibliographic details and abstracts of randomised controlled trials and systematic reviews relevant to occupational therapy. It is now viewed internationally as an important resource for evidence-based practice and research. Since commencing in 2003, OTseeker has been used in over 100 countries and has received well over 2 million visits to its website (www.otseeker.com) which is freely accessible.

Read about it here



Please will all OT educators submit proposals to Sharon of the WFOT
on the need for OT education and upgrading.

E Sharon Brintnell
President WFOT


OTARG has a major role in bringing the training of occupational therapists in line with the needs of the disabled in Africa, whilst still meeting the WFOT Minimum Standards for Training Occupational Therapists

Occupational Therapy in Africa is growing strongly and fast.

The training of occupational therapists is being aligned to the needs of the community.

Occupational Therapy, with the strong backing of WFOT, is very much part of the total rehabilitation of the disabled in Africa.


Membership Application Form

You can download this form by clicking here.

Once you have filled it in, please fax or e-mail your application form and proof of payment to
Pat de Witt (OTARG Secretary)
Fax number :    +27 (0)11 717 3709
E-mail: Patricia.DeWitt@wits.ac.za



Election of Office Bearers

At the Biennial General Meeting held in August 2013 in Harare, Zimbabwe, the following office bearers were appointed.
The term of office is four years with the option of standing a further two years.

The new committee was congratulated on their appointment.


Sarah Matovu, Uganda


Vice chairperson

Justice Mackenzie Nthitu, Botswana.,



Pat de Witt, South Africa


Member at large

Albert Pascal, Tanzania



Tatenda Maphosa, Zimbabwe


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Vivyan Alers, South Africa


Student member

Avril Mazorodze, Zimbabwe



This page was updated on 19 August, 2014

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