Seeking Volunteer Occupational Therapists for COVID-19 Deployment Africa

AOTI have been asked to share the urgent call for action from the World Health Organisation.  Please see details in the following email and links below.

There is an immediate need to respond and strengthen support services managing the COVID pandemic in Africa. Volunteer Occupational Therapists are needed for post acute care and post COVID rehabilitation services.

Essential for post-acute/stepdown specialists:
- Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech Therapist or Rehabilitation Medicine Specialist.
- At least 12 months experience working with post ICU or critical care patients
- Experience of treating COVID-19 patients following critical illness

Essential for Post-COVID-19 specialists:
- Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech Therapist or Rehabilitation Medicine Specialist.
- Experience of establishing services for the long term follow up and rehabilitation of patients with Post
COVID-19 condition.

Note that although the minimum deployment is 2 weeks, priority will be given to candidates that can deploy for

Further details are in the below.  You can add your name to the list of volunteers if you wish by clicking on the link in the email from Peter Skelton.


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From: SKELTON, Peter Edwin <[email protected]>
Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2021 at 15:04
Subject: FW: roster for COVID-19 deployment

With continued concern over the impact of COVID-19 in Africa, rehabilitation professionals have been included in the development of a roster of technical experts for deployment into WHO responses in the AFRO region. The administration of this roster is being managed by an Italian WHO Collaborating Centre, CRIMEDIM. The link to the CRIMEDIM call is here.

As interest in a global call for rehabilitation experts is likely to be significant, we would like initially to target recruitment to this roster – and so I wanted to ask if you have any suitable lists or groups of specialists that you could share the call with on our behalf? Typically these would either be groups with a special interest in emergency response, COVID-19 or critical care rehabilitation.

Please see here more detailed rehabilitation specific requirements.

Happy to discuss further if helpful?

Warm regards


Pete Skelton

Rehabilitation in Emergencies

Rehabilitation Programme/Emergency Medical Teams (EMT) Initiative

World Health Organization




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