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.
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 secretarygeneral[at]ifsht[dot]org. Further information can also be found in the guidelines / application form below. Funding is limited to $1,500 per project 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. Do apply for the travel grant if you wish to travel to spread knowledge and skills in hand therapy. IFSHT looks forward to your application.
We also have a list of countries who are interested in hosting hand therapists who can provide training for them. The list of the countries and their desired topics are listed by clicking here
2019 Debs Stanton and colleagues travelled to Malawi to build on the course from the year before.
2018 Meryl Glover and colleagues travelled to Malawi to teach therapists and demonstrate some hands-on in the clinics and hospitals. See report below
2018 Jenny Ball travelled to Kathmandu, Nepal to deliver teaching in the University Physiotherapy department alongside in-hospital clinical demonstration and workshops. See report below
2016 Rajani Sharma (USA) travelled to Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Ghana to teach therapists about hand therapy and to treat patients with local OTs and PTs upskilling in hand therapy. Please look at the full report below
2015 Sarah Mee and Nicola Goldsmith travelled to the Czech Republic to deliver a splinting course
2009 Gretchen Kaiser, Hand Therapist (United States) travelled to Peru where Nelly Sales, a Peruvian therapist, active in promoting the development of Hand Therapy in her country, facilitated the course
2008 Two projects were partially funded by IFSHT. 1. Hovic Piranyan, PT and OT, (Armenia) travelled to France for an educational. 2. Maggi Persson, Hand and Occupational Therapist (Sweden) travelled to Chinsau, Moldova to deliver an educational course.