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By Lucy Aird for ReLAB-HS

Between Monday 5 September and Sunday 30 October join thousands of colleagues from around the world to understand how to increase access to high quality rehabilitation for displaced persons.

This year’s highly anticipated FREE Physiopedia MOOC is about understanding the rehabilitation needs of displaced persons, and is a collaboration between Physiopedia and the USAID-funded Learning, Acting, and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems (ReLAB-HS) team. Starting 5 September for 8 weeks, the course is for all rehabilitation professionals, students and assistants.

By taking part in the 2022 Physiopedia MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) you will equip yourself with a comprehensive knowledge of the rehabilitation needs of displaced persons within the current global context so that you can play an effective and proactive role in global and local efforts to increase access to high quality rehabilitation for displaced persons through all stages of the migration process.

All you have to do to take part is complete the sign up form and make sure you follow Physiopedia on social media to keep up to date with the course in the run up to the launch on 5 September. In the meantime you can read more about the course on Physiopedia.

The MOOC – Understanding the Rehabilitation Needs of Displaced Persons

People have always been on the move for a wide range of reasons, including war and conflict, insecurity, disasters, poverty, and to find work and seek a better life for themselves and their families. But more people are now on the move than ever before in our history. In 2021, 89.3 million people were forced to flee their homes due to conflicts, violence, fear of persecution and human rights violations.

Currently that means 1 in 88 people, or 1% of the world’s population are displaced, which is just slightly less than a third of all migrants.

The need for rehabilitation services to meet the needs of displaced persons at each stage of the migration process is an urgent and growing global issue. The impact of forced migration on health and wellbeing are contributing to rapid global increases in the numbers of people experiencing decline in functioning, resulting in enormous unmet rehabilitation needs.

Much of these unmet needs are concentrated amongst the poorest and most vulnerable populations with low and middle income countries hosting 83% of all displaced persons, with 27% hosted in the least developed countries, which are often ill equipped to cope. The role of the health and social care professional is key in the rehabilitation process for displaced persons.

This course will be free to access, anywhere in the world, for 8 weeks. There will be around 4–6 hours of work each week and upon passing the final quiz and completion of all of the required learning activities, you will receive a completion certificate as well as CPD points and any CEUs available.

ReLAB-HS is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development.