Occupational Therapy Africa Regional Group

Occupational Therapy: an African perspective



This book is a combination of professional ideas exclusively from occupational therapists with first hand knowledge and experience of the profession of occupational therapy as it is carried out in some parts of Africa. Representation is from occupational therapists from Malawi, Mauritius, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Uganda. Vivyan Alers and Rosemary Crouch took on the task of editing this booking early in 2009 and the final concept was consolidated at the OTARG Congress in Malawi in September 2009. The authors of chapters have been excellent in the delivery of their chapters in quite a short time and have cooperated greatly with the editors.

The book is the brain-child of the Occupational Therapy Africa Regional Group (OTARG) which is a Regional Group of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT). The idea of producing a book of this nature has been on OTARG’s agenda for many years and is now a reality. The subject matter is basic and down to earth and is intended for occupational therapy students, occupational therapists who are new to the shores of Africa, and for professional who are interested in what an occupational therapist “actually does.” This book will tell you in detail!

It is important to note that the content of the book may be applicable to many other areas of the world, particularly where           there are marginalised and impoverished communities.

This book has been funded by the Crouch Trust which has provided the seed money for this publication. All profits will accrue to OTARG in order to sponsor worthy candidates to OTARG events.

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 Chapters in the book are as follows:

  1. Voices of occupational therapists in Africa – Kate Sherry
  2. The relationship between culture and occupation in Africa – Rosemary Crouch
  3. Culture and cultural competence for occupational therapists in Africa – Kate Sherry
  4. Working together to change lives through a multi-disciplinary approach to occupational therapy – Kathryn Bowler.
  5. The impact of poverty on the service delivery of occupational therapy in Africa – Rosemary Crouch.
  6. Thinking in practice – Jennifer Creek
  7. Fabrication and production of low cost aids and adapted equipment – Fiona Kingsley.
  8. Occupational Therapy in mentally and physically challenged children – a model for East Africa based on the Tanzania experience – Herma Grossman and Brenda Ephraim Shuma.
  9. Forensic occupational therapy in Africa for women and children – Eckiwe Kamanga and Julie Schurgers.
  10.  Children with developmental delay – Titi Titus Mwanjabe.        
  11. Early childhood intervention in South Africa: minimising the impact of disabilities.
  12.  HIV, occupational performance and the role of occupational therapy – Kate Sherry and Inmaculada Zango Martin.
  13. Occupational Therapy in palliative care in an African Setting – Sarah Matovu
  14. Working with trauma survivors. From victim to trauma survivor to thriver – Vivyan Alers.
  15. Psychiatry and mental health in Africa: The vital role of occupational therapy – Annah Lesunyane.
  16. Development of a CBR programme and the role of occupational therapy – Judith van der Veen.
  17. Developing services where there was no previous infra-structure – Christa Meyer.

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