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The University of Gondar in partnership with Queen’s University and the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program, has opened the first undergraduate occupational therapy program at the University of Gondar. The aim is to produce knowledgeable and skilled academicians and researchers in the field. Currently, the Occupational Therapy program has 31 students in their second and third year. Five occupational therapists who completed their MSc at Queen’s University in Canada are working to support the OT BSc program. Additionally, one Kenyan staff member has joined the Occupational Therapy teaching team and is supporting the Occupational Therapy clinic at the University.


On April 26, 2024, students from the Occupational Therapy Department of the University of Gondar visited three rehabilitation centers: Menna Elderly and Mentally Challenged Support Center, Ethiopian Catholic Missionaries of Charity in Gondar (aka. Mother Theresa) and Grand Assistive Technology Center’s inclusive daycare facility. The students provided community service for children and adults in the centers with the aim of introducing occupational therapy services in Ethiopia, as well as promoting awareness of the field at the University of Gondar. As part of Occupational Therapy Awareness month, they distributed brochures to the staff and students of the medical campus of the University.

The client-centered nature of Occupational Therapy makes this awareness creation activity crucial in enhancing students’ skills and promoting access to rehabilitation services in Ethiopia.

The event was attended by students and staff from the Occupational Therapy Department, as well as staff from the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program.