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Establishing a School of Physical Therapy in Niger

Key Contact: James R. Carey

Country(ies): Niger

Contact Information

James R. Carey, PhD, PT
Program in Physical Therapy
University of Minnesota
420 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Phone: 612.626.2746

Campus location:
377 Children's Rehabilitation Center, 426 Church St. SE


Activity Description

In an effort to advance humanism in our world through global outreach, faculty and students from the University of Minnesota’s Program in Physical Therapy have traveled to Niger in 3-week visits for the past seven years to provide clinical services to patients. We also teach rehabilitation principles to physicians and nurses and to medical students at the Université Abdou Moumouni in the capital city of Niamey, Niger. Early on we discovered that despite the enormous prevalence of disease, injury and birth defects in this country, and the physical disabilities that these cause, Niger has no training program for physical therapists. Consequently, Niger has only a handful of physical therapists, trained in other countries, to help these people recover function. We recognize that annual short-term visits do not come close to meeting the physical therapy needs of the 17 million people. Instead, in addition to our above activities, we have worked closely with the Université Abdou Moumouni to gain approval for starting a School of Physical Therapy there. We are pleased to announce that this approval was granted early in 2015. Accordingly, we are finalizing a curriculum and recruiting experienced physical therapy faculty from the United States and other countries to volunteer in teaching the professional courses while their existing faculty teach the basic science courses. Much effort is underway and we look forward to initiating a baccalaureate degree program soon.

Activity Types

Clinical Care, Community Outreach, Education/Training, Research

Academic Health Center Units

Medical School
     Program in Physical Therapy

Partner Organizations

Université Abdou Moumouni


Program in Physical Therapy Alumni Funds

Activity Topics

Disability, Education, Health Care, Maternal Health, Rural Health