3 week volunteer SLT supervisor role in Ghana: January 2018

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Ghana ma wo Akwaaba! Ghana welcomes you!

The University of Ghana, School of Biomedical and Allied Health Sciences is one of a handful of African universities offering training in Speech and Language Therapy. The programme commenced in 2016, supported by a small local SLT faculty. It aims to dramatically increase rehabilitation services for people with communication and swallowing difficulties in the region.

The university is seeking three experienced Speech and Language Therapists with skills in clinical supervision of students in paediatric settings who may be willing to volunteer their time to assist with clinical education.

Volunteers would need to be available to commit for three weeks, from JANUARY 15 – 2 FEBRUARY 2018.

The position is voluntary and involves:
• Short term visit to Ghana (approximately 3 weeks) to work collaboratively with a nominated local speech and language therapist to offer clinical supervision in a community placement in Accra. Conditions are as follows:

  • All positions are voluntary (i.e. the University of Ghana cannot pay a salary)
  • Fixed funding is available to support living expenses while in country – basic guesthouse accommodation, local meals, ground transport, local calls etc.
  • Funding is available to reimburse a fixed amount for vaccinations, health/travel insurance and visa costs.
  • Funding for airfares is not available

A document containing more information is available here..

Personal Qualities:

We seek SLTs who are practical, enthusiastic, resilient, and flexible…. and who love a challenge. We are particularly interested in people who have experience working in cultures which are not their own.

If you have an interest in supporting development of speech and language therapy services for people with communication and swallowing disabilities in Ghana and feel that you may have relevant skills and qualities to offer, our team would be delighted to talk with you. Please send a brief summary of your experience and interests with a copy of your CV to publichealth.slt@gmail.com.

The University of Ghana, School of Biomedical and Allied Health Sciences gratefully acknowledges the support of the Australian Government’s Direct Aid Program (DAP). The DAP has provided grant funding to support living expenses of international volunteers to our programme.

Seminar 25th September: Understanding sexual and gender-based violence against refugees with communication disability, in Rwanda

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Two of our committee members at CTI are presenting a seminar (originally advertised as taking place in June) on Understanding sexual and gender-based violence against refugees with communication disability in Rwanda.

Where: Room 3.20, Brooks Building, Birley Campus, Manchester Metropolitan University

When: from 4pm – 5pm

Book now:  https://dpresearchseminarjune17.eventbrite.co.uk

Abstract: This seminar will describe a small project carried out in Rwanda, investigating the challenges facing both refugee-survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) who have a communication disability and the humanitarian actors charged with effective and equitable SGBV service provision. Findings from data collection and a literature review*, indicate that refugees with communication disability are unable to access adequate services at all stages of the SGBV support process, from reporting of abuse, to legal redress and medical / psychosocial support, as a consequence of their disability. The presenters will also discuss some of new challenges they experienced working in the humanitarian sector.

*http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/media/mmuacuk/content/documents/hpsc/research/understanding-SGBV-in-refugees-with-a-communication-disability-literature-review.pdf

 

Dr Julie Marshall

Julie Marshall is a Reader in Communication Disability and Development at MMU. She has 27 years’ experience of working in Africa, helping to design and develop speech and language therapy education programmes, carrying out research, building capacity for research, providing clinical services, and training other professionals.

 

Helen Barrett

Helen Barrett is a British Speech and Language Therapist and Social Inclusion Advisor, living and working in Rwanda. For the past nine years she has worked with governments, institutions and organisations throughout East Africa to support efforts to improve social outcomes for people with communication and / or learning disabilities. She is currently a part-time consultant, and part-time PhD student at MMU.

Speech therapy job available in MDT paediatric centre, Zambia

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Sandi Rehabilitation, Assessment and Therapy Centre in Zambia is seeking a Speech and Language Therapist to join its team for a minimum of one year. Accommodation, subsistence and local travel costs are provided but applicants would need to fund their own international travel.

Further information about the clinic:

“It is a private pediatric health clinic that was established as a social enterprise in April 2017 with the help of a rehabilitation centre in Malawi bearing the same name. Sandi is one of the first private clinics which uses a multidisciplinary approach, offering children Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy and Learning Support. It is also the only private centre in Zambia offering occupational therapy. We also look to include Child Counseling and Child Psychology for our clients in the future. The clinic is still in its infancy having opened in April 2017, so systems and processes are still being established as we grow and develop.”

Sandi RATC

For more information please contact:

Ebrahim Omer

+260-977-447293

 

 

Speech Room

The Speech Therapy room

Communication disability project in Rwanda: June seminar in Manchester

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Two of our committee members are presenting a seminar on 20th June at Manchester Metropolitan University on their project in Rwanda: understanding sexual and gender-based violence against refugees with communication disability. It is free to attend to anyone who might be interested.

The link is here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/communication-disability-participation-research-seminar-series-june-2017-tickets-34716435794?aff=erelexpmlt.

See below for more details about the presenters:

 Julie Marshall and Helen Barrett

Julie Marshall is a Reader in Communication Disability and Development at MMU. She has 27 years’ experience of working in Africa, helping to design and develop speech and language therapy education programmes, carrying out research, building capacity for research, providing clinical services, and training other professionals. Helen Barrett is a British Speech and Language Therapist and Social Inclusion Advisor, living and working in Rwanda. For the past nine years she has worked with governments, institutions and organisations throughout East Africa to support efforts to improve social outcomes for people with communication and / or learning disabilities. She is currently a part-time consultant, and part-time PhD student at MMU. This seminar will describe a small project carried out in Rwanda, investigating the challenges facing both refugee-survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) who have a communication disability and the humanitarian actors charged with effective and equitable SGBV service provision. Findings from data collection and a literature review*, indicate that refugees with communication disability are unable to access adequate services at all stages of the SGBV support process, from reporting of abuse, to legal redress and medical / psychosocial support, as a consequence of their disability. The presenters will also discuss some of new challenges they experienced working in the humanitarian sector.

http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/media/mmuacuk/content/documents/hpsc/research/understanding-SGBV-in-refugees-with-a-communication-disability-literature-review.pdf