Working in Less Resourced Settings: new updated guide available

In a continuing collaboration between CTI, ADAPT and OT Frontiers, the new guide for allied health professionals working in less resourced settings has been published. It provides an invaluable guide for those thinking about or currently working overseas.

The guide is available to download as a pdf here and you can also download each section individually if you visit our Resources page.

Hard copies are also available for £8.50 plus postage – please contact us if you would like to order a copy.

Many thanks to all those who were involved with the project to update this guide!

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3 week volunteer SLT supervisor role in Ghana: January 2018

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.

Speech and Language Therapist needed in Cambodia

An SLT is sought for a post in Cambodia – see details below from Indigo International:

We are looking for a speech and language therapist to join our team at Indigo International in Cambodia. We are a multidisciplinary clinic based in Phnom Penh working predominantly with children and families, but also with adults. Our clients are from a range of backgrounds, both expat and local, and with a wide range of difficulties.

You would join our team of psychologists, speech and language therapists and occupational therapists, picking up an existing caseload from a therapist who is leaving. The work is paid sessionally so this would mean that you would be able to start with a good sized caseload and income. Sessional work also means that you are in charge of the hours you work and the size of caseload you would like to take on.

We are looking for someone to join our team as soon as possible.

For further information please look at our website www.indigo-international.org

Apply via CV and cover letter to our manager (emma@indigo-international.org) and SLT (paula@indigo-international.org). We would also welcome any informal enquiries! Look forward to hearing from you!

Voluntary opportunity in Uganda

Hi all, an exciting opportunity has come up for a SLT volunteer in Uganda. See message below from Steve in Uganda:

Good afternoon,

My name is Steve Williams and I live in Uganda in East Africa and have done so for just over 10 years. My wife and I had a baby boy about 4 years ago but things didn’t go as smoothly as they could have done. He suffered quite heavily from convulsions for the first 4-14 months of his life and was subsequently diagnosed with epilepsy. After numerous trips to Kenya and the UK and a 9 month stay in the UK for my wife, things seem to have stabilized but, either through the fits themselves or the medication he has to take daily, his development has been quite slow.

At the moment he can walk but his speech is still quite limited. We have worked with various specialists and therapists who have advised and trained us on methods we can use to help improve things and have even built some developmental aids. In this part of the world it’s not easy to find speech/physio/developmental therapists but I thought it would be extremely beneficial to have someone around who has been professionally trained in this field and so about a year ago I partnered with a UK physiotherapist, Fiona Beckerlegge, who now lives here full time to see if we couldn’t improve his development.

It’s been a massive success and Fiona’s input into his life has been immense. Not only has she been able to help my own son but together we have founded an NGO called the ‘Kyaninga Child Development Centre’ (http://www.kyaningacdc.org/) and now offer comprehensive treatment to children living with disabilities across the whole district. Our team has recently grown with occupational therapist, Racheal, joining us a few months ago and bringing vital skills to the centre to further the development of the children who are already visiting us.

The next skill set we are looking to fulfil would be that of a speech therapist and this is why I am writing to you today. What I propose is to offer a 3-6 month placement, based in Fort Portal, Western Uganda, for a speech therapist on a voluntary basis where I would provide food and accommodation with the possibility to extend the placement after review. Furthermore, if we successfully manage to source funds during this time for this position then we would also be able to offer a salary. I also own a safari lodge and a small safari company and would be able to offer them a complimentary safari so that they also get a bit of an Africa experience while they’re here.

If you know of anyone in this field who would be interested I would be most grateful if you could let them know.

The name of the lodge is Kyaninga Lodge (www.kyaningalodge.com), and the town is called Fort Portal.

Best regards,

Steve Williams

Owner Kyaninga Lodge
Fort Portal
+256 772999750
www.kyaningalodge.com