It is with great pleasure, that I am inviting you to attend the 9th FATO International Congress, which will held in Kigali, the mythical capital of RWANDA, the country of a thousand hills and a thousand gorillas, from October 14 to 19 2018.
This congress will mark the 25th anniversary of the FATO; and what a long way we have come since 1992, where a group of professionals gathered to to lay the foundations of the FATO. Today the FATO brings together rehabilitation professionals from fourthly African countries and, in each congress the number of participants is constantly increasing. At the 8th Congress organized in Lomé (Togo), more than 300 participants were present.
The scientific committee of our continental federation has chosen “Equitable and universal access to rehabilitation services in Africa", as the theme of the 2018 FATO Congress. This theme goes along the objectives of the sustainable development goals adopted in 2016, where it is expected that governments take ownership and establish national frameworks for achieving a world with equitable and universal access to quality education at all levels, to health care and social protection, where physical, mental and social well-being are assured. This theme is also in line with the WHO universal health coverage objectives aiming at ensuring that all individuals and communities receive the health services they need without suffering financial.
This theme is also in line with the objectives of FATO to promote access to functional rehabilitation for persons with disabilities in Africa through the establishment of a network of professionals and through different actions such as the establishment of an observatory of good practices, advocacy toward policy makers, the creation of framework for cooperation, training and exchange of experience between the African countries themselves and with the other countries of the world, etc.
FATO would like to count on all of you, to achieve this objective and bring real changes in the rehabilitation sector in Africa and in the lives of persons with disabilities.
Whether you're rehabilitation professionals (ortho-prosthetists, podo-orthotists, physiotherapists, rehabilitation physicians, surgeons, occupational therapists, speech therapists, community-based rehabilitation workers, etc.), whether you’re an association of/for persons with disabilities, whether you are policy-makers, whether you are a centre managers, whether you are a non-governmental organization, whether you are representatives of the industry, you are all invited to come and share your experiences, constraints and successes, in the pursuit of achieving equitable access and universal to rehabilitation services in Africa.
The program is designed in such a way, that each of you, could contribute, through scientific oral and poster communications, symposiums, exhibitions of new technologies, workshops practical demonstrations, plenary sessions, etc.
All FATO committees are hard at work to offer you the best congress and your participation and contribution will be essential to give meaning to all this work.
So I hope to see you again at the 2018 FATO Congress in Kigali.
Dear members, dear partners, dear all, please receive my best regards.
President of FATO