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Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy is a client-centred health profession concerned with promoting health and wellbeing through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement (WFOT, 2012).

Occupational Therapy History In BD

In 1972, following the liberation war in Bangladesh, the need for a rehabilitation center for wounded freedom fighters and war-affected civilians arose. Professor R. J. Garst, an American Orthopedic Surgeon, played a crucial role in addressing this need. Recognizing the importance of Occupational Therapy in rehabilitation, he established the first school for Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy in 1973 at the Rehabilitation Institute and Hospital for the Disable (RIHD), which was later renamed the National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation (NITOR). Despite facing challenges, including discontinuing the course due to lack of foreign support, three graduates emerged in 1976, with only one, Josene Ara, remaining in the country.

After a gap, in 1995, the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP), a non-government organization, introduced an Occupational Therapy course, leading to the first graduates in 1998 with a Diploma in Occupational Therapy. The course was later upgraded to a degree program affiliated with Dhaka University in 1999. The first four students upgraded from the diploma program to earn a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Occupational Therapy in 2001. The initial four-year B.Sc. (Hons.) program under the Medicine faculty of Dhaka University saw its first batch graduate in 2003. The Occupational Therapy course has continued since then and has received accreditation from the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT).

Physiotherapy in 1973 at the Rehabilitation Institute and Hospital for the Disable (RIHD), was later renamed the National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation (NITOR). Despite facing challenges, including discontinuing the course due to lack of foreign support, three graduates emerged in 1976, with only one, Josene Ara, remaining in the country.

After a gap, in 1995, the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP), a non-government organization, introduced an Occupational Therapy course, leading to the first graduates in 1998 with a Diploma in Occupational Therapy. The course was later upgraded to a degree program affiliated with Dhaka University in 1999. The first four students upgraded from the diploma program to earn a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Occupational Therapy in 2001. The initial four-year B.Sc. (Hons.) program under the Medicine faculty of Dhaka University saw its first batch graduate in 2003. The Occupational Therapy course has continued since then and has received accreditation from the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT).

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TIMELINE of CRP

 

CRP’s journey began in 1979 in order to meet the desperate needs of People with Disabilities. CRP uses a Holistic Approach of Rehabilitation and Community Re-integration Process. Over time, CRP has become recognized as an internationally renowned organization that serves and rehabilitates people with disabilities.

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Submitted to

Nayan Kumar Chanda

Assistant Professor

Occupational Therapy Department(BHPI)