Online Course
The Role of Rehabilitation Within Low Resource Settings
Collectively advancing global rehabilitation

1 hour





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Cornelia Barth
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Cornelia's expertise is developing rehabilitation in fragile health systems, including conflict and low resource settings.

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Learning, Acting and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems

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The World Health Organization estimates that over 1 billion people worldwide need rehabilitation services. Eighty percent of these individuals are from low-resource settings. With disability and poverty inherently linked, the demand for rehabilitation services is immense. Unfortunately, this demand is not met for multiple reasons. This course explains healthcare systems in low resource settings, focusing on the rehabilitation sector. It looks specifically at the differences between health care policy, delivery of services, and rehabilitation professionals' roles in high- and low-income settings. It details how policy, resources, education, and beliefs within these settings can hinder rehabilitation services. Finally, it provides insight into ways that rehabilitation professions can help advance rehabilitation services globally.


This course will describe why rehabilitation in low-resource settings is so important and how rehabilitation professionals can and should advocate for change.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at rehabilitation professionals, students and assistants including but not limited to Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Rehabilitation Doctors, Rehabilitation Nurses, Prosthetists, Orthotists, Psychologists, Audiologists, Dietetics, Social Workers. Community Health Workers, Nurses or Medical Doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1 hour depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
Types of Activities - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. Participating in an international discussion forum.
Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 0.7 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • compare the differences in rehabilitation services from high-income settings to low-income settings
  • discuss the importance of rehabilitation and access to care in low-resource settings
  • summarise ways in which rehabilitation professionals and organisations can advance global rehabilitation collectively
Featured reviews
This topic pointed out what we experience daily in my practice as a PT in Kenya. It shows ways in which I can initiate change!
Sharon Muchoki
Quite informative! It would be a great resource to start for those who intend on working in resource-poor settings.
Sejal Desai
South Africa
Rehabilitation services must reach the grassroots level through a commitment to information dissemination and advocacy.
Rasheed E. LAMIDI
United Kingdom