JKUAT to Host Conference on Spinal Health, Deformities & Rehabilitation

Students during a demonstration treatment session using short wave diathermy machine in the JKUAT physiotherapy treatment lab/File photo

JKUAT College of Health Science (COHES) will host a National Stakeholders’ Colloquium on Spinal Health, Deformities and Rehabilitation, November 25-28, 2019. The conference endeavours to establish a multi-stakeholder platform to advance interdisciplinary knowledge, research, innovations, practice and policy development in spinal health, deformities and rehabilitation.

The conference themed; Advancing Spinal Health and Rehabilitation, will bring together Physiotherapists, Orthopedic Technologists, Occupational Therapists, Orthopedic Surgeons, Primary care nurses, Clinical Officers, Patients and Policy makers among other stakeholders.

The conference on Spinal Health, Deformities & Rehabilitation comes at a time when, in many parts of the globe, the capacity to provide rehabilitation is limited and fails to adequately address the need of the population.

According to the conference organizers, the conference will positively influence the future strategic planning, development and context-specific innovations which will enable the rehabilitation sector to make meaningful contributions towards the achievement of Universal Health Coverage.

“For instance, unlike other infectious conditions like Malaria and non-communicable diseases (diabetes), Kenya does not have a policy framework or a structured service delivery plan for children or adults who develop scoliosis,” said Dr. Nassib Tawa, Senior Lecturer at JKUAT Department of Physiotherapy.

As one of the leading institution of higher learning in the training of physiotherapists and other rehabilitation professionals in Kenya, JKUAT strives to proactively advance the national agenda on strengthening rehabilitation medicine in the country in response to the World Health Organisation call for action dubbed ‘Rehabilitation 2030’.

The objectives of the call is to; draw the attention to the increasing need for rehabilitation; highlight the role of rehabilitation in achieving Sustainable Development Goal 3: ‘Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages’; and call for coordinated and concerted global action towards strengthening rehabilitation in health systems.

JKUAT will host the conference in collaboration with Ministry of Health, Teesside University, Stellenbosch University, Kenya Scoliosis Foundation, National Council for Persons with Disability, Medex East Africa Limited, County Government of Kiambu and Sudhir Thatti & Associates.

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