The Faculty of Medical Technology in Laos Kicks Off the Medical Rehabilitation Training
9 August 2016, Vientiane, Dr Preeda Arayawichanon (Head of Rehabilitation Medicine, Khon Khaen University),Dr Douangchanh Ounnarath (Acting Dean of FMT), Dato Prof. Zaliha Omar (from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), Mr. Bernard Franck (WEL-TEAM Technical Director), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bouathep Phoumindr (Vice-Dean and Head of the Physical Therapy and P&O Department, FMT) with all trainees. (Photo: Phon / World Education)
The Faculty of Medical Technology (FMT) in Laos conducted a 4-week medical rehabilitation training under the USAID and Advancing Partners & Communities funded World Education Laos (WEL) TEAM project. On August 9, 2016, the FMT held a ceremony to officially kick off the training. The ceremony was attended by the WEL-TEAM Technical Director, Mr. Bernard Franck, as well as FMT officials and the 10 medical doctors from central and provincial hospitals who took part in the 4-week training.
The objective of the training was to improve and strengthen the professional knowledge and skills of medical doctors in rehabilitation medicine in Laos. Currently, there is only one qualified medical rehabilitation specialist in the country. The first three weeks of the training combined a mix of theory and lectures, group work, role play, presentations and problem solving activities. Once a week, the doctors visited a hospital under the guidance of Dr. Bouathep to practice examination, diagnosis and treatment recommendations. After the first three weeks, all participants spent a week at the Khon Kaen University to learn how to create a comprehensive system of rehabilitation medicine within their respective hospitals in Laos.
Professor Dr. Zaliha Omar emphasized, “These young medical doctors have an important role to play in the future of rehabilitation medicine in Laos, and I encourage them to take the training and the application of their learning in their hospital seriously.”
As a follow up to the training, the 10 doctors will organize seminars in their respective hospitals to share their knowledge and to create a physical rehabilitation medicine network. The demand for rehabilitation and assistive health technologies is expected to magnify in the coming years as evidence is showing a rise in the prevalence of disability in Laos.