The IFSHT council, at the 2001 Triennial Congress, approved funding to support therapists involved in a hand therapy project in an underdeveloped country. This initiative promotes the development of hand therapy worldwide and ensures better quality rehabilitation for those persons receiving hand therapy. IFSHT and IFSSH financially support this fund.
2009 Gretchen Kaiser, Hand Therapist from the United States travelled to Peru and taught a hand therapy course for occupational and physical therapists interested in this specialty practice area. Nelly Sales, a Peruvian therapist, active in promoting the development of Hand Therapy in Peru, facilitated the organisation of this course
2008 Two projects were partially funded by IFSHT. Hovic Piranyan, PT and OT, from Armenia was partially supported to travel to France for an educational visit to a hand therapy centre. The second project was partial funding of a week-long course held by Maggi Persson, Hand and Occupational Therapist from Sweden in Chinsau, Moldova. This course focused on training 20 therapists and physicians to evaluate and treat children with upper limb functional problems.
If you are involved in a project in an underdeveloped country or are planning in volunteering to be involved in hand therapy education in a developing hand therapy region, please contact the secretary general of IFSHT for further information on firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information can also be found in the guidelines / application form below. Funding is limited and in most cases only partial funding may be available. If you would like to donate to this invaluable fund, please click this link International Teaching Grants
Please look at the report, below, submitted by Rajani Sharma who had an IFSHT travel grant to go and teach in Ghana. IFSHT is delighted to support projects such as this. Do apply for the travel grant if you wish to travel to spread knowledge and skills in hand therapy