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Education, Collaboration, Transformation:
Lessons Learned from HVO’s Rehabilitation Project in Suriname
March 19, 2024 |12:00 p.m. ET
HVO’s project in Suriname, which lasted from 1999 to 2015, changed the landscape of physical therapy in the country by taking a nearly a non-existent training program at Anton de Kom University in Paramaribo and building it up into a department capable of training and retaining skilled practitioners. HVO volunteers worked closely with local partners to develop a working curriculum and master’s level program for the university. Suriname went from having a total of nine practicing physical therapists in the 90s, mainly educated in the Netherlands, to over seventy-five locally trained and practicing physical therapists in 2023. During this webinar, HVO volunteers and partners will discuss how they worked together, built the program through collaboration, and what long-term impact they have seen as a direct result of their efforts.
Jennifer Audette, PT, PhD
Dr. Jennifer Audette is an Associate Professor at the University of New England. She has been in academic positions for the last 20 years.
Timothy Kauffman, PT, PhD
Dr. Tim Kauffman’s 50 year distinguished physical therapy career includes work in the US Army and Reserve Unit Hospitals, nursing homes, home care, research, lecturing, and private practice.
Tony Chang, PT, PhD
Dr. Tony Chang is a physiotherapist who believes in the people of his country Suriname and has served them for more than 50 years.
Roshni Ramdas, PT, MSc
Roshni Ramdas, a dedicated educator, graduated from the Anton de Kom University of Suriname (AdeKUS) in 2010 with a BSc in physiotherapy.