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1st International Conference for Rehabilitation Professionals'17
22nd to 23rd December 2017

1. Conference theme: “Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services for achieving a milestone of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)”

2. Organizer: The conference will be organized by Bangladesh Physiotherapy Association (BPA), a member organization of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT). Bangladesh Occupational Therapy Association (BOTA), Society of Speech & Language Therapists (BSLTs), ISPO- Bangladesh and Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) are collaborating the arrangement.

3. Conference speakers: Probable speakers from Bangladesh, United States of America (USA), United Kingdom (UK), Canada, India, Nepal, Maldives, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Mozambique and Armenia.

4. Conference Guests
Chief Guest:
Mohammed Nasim, MP
Honourable Minister, Ministry of Health & family Welfare
Guest of Honour: Nuruzzaman Ahmed, MP
Honourable State Minister, Ministry of Social welfare
Special Guests of the conference:

  • Professor Dr. Md. Golam Rabbani, Chairperson, NDD Protection Trust
  • Mohammad Akhtaruzzaman, Honourable Vice- Chancellor, University of Dhaka
  • Valerie A. Taylor, Founder & Coordinator of Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP)
  • Dr. Djenana Jalovcic, Community based Rehabilitation Specialist, Canada
  • Professor Dr. Lori Walton, USA
  • Reiza Dejito, Country Director, HI
  • Guests of the Conference:
    • Md. Zillar Rahman, Honourable Secretary, Ministry of Social Welfare
    • Mr. Md. Serajul Huq Kahan, Honourable Secretary, Health Services Division, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
    • Nasima Begum ndc, Honorable Secretary, Ministry of Women and Children Affairs
    • Mohammad Asif- Uz- Zaman, Honorable Secretary, Ministry of Women and Children Affairs
    • Md. Sohorab Hossain, Secretary, Ministry of Education
    • Dr. Mustafa Jalal Mohiuddin, President of Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA)


    5. Key note paper: Saima Wazed Hossain, Honourable Chairperson, Bangladesh National Advisory Committee for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Title: Necessity of Regulatory Body for Rehabilitation Professionals to meet the diverse health and rehabilitation needs of the people in Bangladesh.

    6. Participating discipline:b> Physiotherapist, Physiotherapy students, Psychologist, Occupational Therapist, Speech & Language Therapist, Rehabilitation Professionals, Cardiac surgeon, Psychiatrist, Orthopaedic surgeon, Neurologist, Paediatrician, Public Health Specialist, Disability Specialist, Autism & NDD Children’s Parents, Patients, Stakeholders and Person with disabilities. At least 1000 participants from home and abroad are expected to participate.

    7. Timeline: 22nd & 23rd December, 2017- Friday & Saturday.

    8. Venue: Krishibid Institution Bangladesh (KIB) Complex, Farmgate, Dhaka and Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP), Savar, Dhaka

    9. History of Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation service in Bangladesh: Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation education and services has been inaugurated by direct influence of the Father of the Nation Bongobondhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, shortly after Independence. After liberation war, the disability situation in Bangladesh raised in a concerning number and Father of the Nation introduced Graduate Physiotherapy & Occupational therapy Education and service in 1972 in Rehabilitation Institute & Hospital (RIHD) now named as NITOR. After the black day of assassination of Bongobondhu, the course stopped in unknown reason, the government post has been suspended and we had to wait for 30 years to inaugurate the first stone of government Physiotherapy College by Honourable Prime Minister H. E. Sheikh Hasina. Subsequently, with the direct initiative of Honourable Prime Minister H. E. Sheikh Hasina, rehabilitation services have been implementing through so far 103 Integrated Disability Service Centre & 32 Mobile Therapy Rehabilitation van under Ministry of Social Welfare since 2010. Alongside, the formation of “The Bangladesh Therapy and Rehabilitation Council Act 2017” is also going to be an important breakthrough in rehabilitation services. The Regulatory Body under this act is a long cherished dream for Rehabilitation professions in Bangladesh.

    10. Back ground and objectives the conference: Conditions paradigm across the globe including Bangladesh has been transformed from infectious to non-infectious. Once upon a time, the health policy in Bangladesh used to concentrate only on communicable diseases but with the alteration of disease pattern, at this moment, we have been facing challenges to deal with autism, cerebral palsy, road traffic injury, stroke related health problem. Therefore, health workforce demand also has been shifted from purely medicine and surgery to rehabilitation professionals including Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapist, Speech and Language Therapist, Orthotics and Prosthetics, clinical psychologist and many more.

    We have been observing the profound growth of professionals in medicine and surgery over last decade. Comparing to these, despite transformation of disease pattern, Physiotherapists and other health professionals are yet to be integrated into the mainstream health professionals due to health policy gap and research gap. Physician, Surgeon, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapist, Speech and Language Therapist, Orthotics and Prosthetics and clinical psychologist together form a strong health team which is called multidisciplinary team (MDT). The concept of MDT is to ensure patient centred health and rehabilitation services.

    Although we have a little number of health professionals of this kind considering the huge demand of 160 million people. Physiotherapists and other health and rehabilitation professionals do not have job at the Government hospital. This lack is creating more gaps on unmet needs of the health and rehabilitation for the general people. The health workforce is, in fact, yet to be effectively utilized due to lack of proper Government initiative.

    One reason of this could be, we have lack of understanding about MDT and an individual professional role on health and rehabilitation. Therefore, this conference will be a very important platform through which we can learn from each other roles in the perspective of research and evidence based practice.

    The conference objectives are:
    • To expedite ongoing process of formation of Regulatory body for the Rehabilitation Professionals in Bangladesh
    • To broaden participants understanding on the role of Physiotherapy including other rehabilitation professionals to deal with recent disease/disorder spectrum in Bangladesh.
    • To develop interdisciplinary relationship, interdisciplinary practice, research and referral system.
    • To work with Government to transform health policy and to develop strategies for the best utilization of health workforce to meet the emerging health challenges to achieve SDG.




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