OTARG has so far since its inception held biennal International Congresses that not only involve African OTs but encompass OTs from all over the World.
The Congresses are the key to the continuance of OTARG. They have reinforced the strong indications for grassroots, community work with disabled children and adults and have promoted learning and sharing.
Trends in occupational therapy that have emerged from the congresses that are to be addressed, in order to meet the needs of the disabled in Africa
In Africa there needs to be much more focus in occupational therapy on:
- HIV/AIDS, poverty issues and psychosocial rehabilitation
- There is a need to see both the training of occupational therapists and occupational therapy services continued by the indigenous people of the country, whilst recognising the contribution made by ex-patriots.
- Links with South Africa, where the profession of occupational therapy is much stronger, and the links with WFOT will continue for a long time.
The Next OTARG International congress will be held in Accra Ghana September 11th -13th, 2017.
CALLING FOR ABSTRACTS
OTARG Congresses Details.
The 10th OTARG congress was held in Accra Ghana in September 2017.
Congress Theme"OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY IN AFRICA; CHANGING LIVES POSITIVELY" Read More
The 9th OTARG congress was held in Kampala in Uganda in September 2015.
The Theme was "Transforming Healthcare in Africa; A move towards Occupation" Read More
The 8th OTARG Congress was held in Harare in Zimbabwe in 2013.
The Theme was "Promoting Occupational Therapy in Africa" Read More
The 7th OTARG Congress was held in Livingstone in Zambia in 2011.
The theme was "Occupational Therapy for a Developing World" Read More
The 6th OTARG Congress was held in Mangochi Malawi in September 2009.
The theme was "Building bridges within and beyond Africa" Read More
The 5th International OTARG Congress was held on the island of Zanzibar in September 2007.
The theme was “Occupation and culture: Affirming Diversity in Occupational Therapy.” Read More
The 4th OTARG Congress was held in Moshi in August 2005.
The theme was “OT in Africa – in search for identity.” Read More
The 3rd OTARG International Congress was held on the island of Mombassa in August 2003.
The theme was “Grassroots contribution to OT in Africa.” Read More
The 2nd International OTARG Congress was held in Kampala in Uganda in July 2001.
The theme was “The way forward, OT in Africa.” Read More
The 1st OTARG International Congress was held at Grand Bay in Mauritius in July 1999.
The theme was “ The 2000 challenge. OT in Africa.” Read More