Physiotherapists and occupational therapists on exchange in Kenya

A delegation from the Faculty of Medicine has visited Moi University to share experiences of study programmes at the two universities. 

There has been a physiotherapy programme at Moi University for a few years, and there are now also advanced plans to launch an occupational therapy programme at bachelor level.

“It was against this background that representatives of our Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy programmes met various representatives at Moi University,” says Krissa Alfredsson Ågren, Programme Manager for the Occupational Therapy programme, who was one of five members of the delegation.

The five-day exchange included study visits to the hospital and the university.

“The physiotherapists in our delegation took part in tuition and compared the programme syllabuses of the two universities. The occupational therapists from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences worked together with two practising occupational therapists from Moi University in order to develop the programme syllabus, as they want to launch an occupational therapy programme with a bachelor’s degree, as well as an advanced study programme in the same subject,” says Karin Valeskog, Programme Manager for the Physiotherapy programme.

Delegation i Kenya / Delegation in Kenya

Rewarding meetings

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences’ Honorary Doctor, Professor Simeon Mining, who works at Moi University, looked after the Swedish delegation throughout the whole visit. They also met the Head of Department for orthopaedics and rehabilitation, Dr Lelei, as well as the Programme Manager for the Physiotherapy programme, Naomi Wanjiru Kingau.
“We were very well looked after by our hosts. We worked hard and it feels as though we made a lot of progress in our joint efforts in this short time,” says Karin Valeskog.

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Science and Moi University have a 25-year partnership behind them in areas including student and teacher exchanges. This autumn there will be 13 students from Moi University coming to study at the Faculty of Medicine, which will be the first time that physiotherapy students will have taken part in the exchange.


People in the photo, from left to right:

Christopher Koech Physiotherapist and teacher at Moi University, Annika Heslyk International Academic Coordinator for physiotherapists, Krissa Alfredsson Ågren from the Occupational Therapy programme, Henry Muroki Physiotherapist and teacher at Moi, Karin Valeskog Programme Manager for the Physiotherapy programme, Johnstone Milimo Physiotherapist and teacher at Moi University, Naomi Wanjiru Kingau Programme Manager for the Physiotherapy programme in Moi, Jane Holstein International Academic Coordinator for physiotherapists, Kerstin Hawkins faculty coordinator at HU International, Professor Simeon Mining at Moi University, faculty coordinator for the exchange between Kenya and Linköping and Honorary Doctor at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.

11/06/2014

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