Project name: Physiotherapy Bachelor Programme Upgrade in Vientiane, Laos
Host partner: Faculty of Medical Technology, University of Health Sciences (FMT-UHS), Laos
Singapore partner: SingHealth
Project aim: To improve the quality of physiotherapy education and the rehabilitative care sector in Laos.
Duration: 2016 - 2019
Outcomes: The project augmented the curriculum of the FMT-UHS Bachelor’s programme in Physiotherapy and increased the awareness of the latest physiotherapy methods and treatments. FMT-UHS’s teaching faculty and a core group of 25 Laotian Master Trainers – comprising FMT-UHS members, physiotherapy practitioners, rehabilitation nurses and orthopaedic doctors – were equipped with the skills and knowledge to deliver the enhanced curriculum. The Master Trainers will in turn train at least 30 physiotherapy students annually, thus enabling around 3,600 patients a year to regain some level of physical functioning and reintegrate back into society.