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Kenya Society of Physiotherapists

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The Kenya Society of Physiotherapists has been a member of World Physiotherapy since 1982 and is part of our Africa region.

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The Kenya Society of Physiotherapists, or its national special interest groups, are members of the following subgroups recognised by World Physiotherapy:

Year established

1974

World Physiotherapy member since

1982

Year members reported

2020

Number of physiotherapist members

215

Kenya: a profile of the profession in 2020

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About Kenya Society of Physiotherapists and the physiotherapy profession in Kenya

Practising physiotherapists in the country/territory

1,200

0.23

Per 10,000 population

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% female

33%

In this country/territory

62%

In this region

63%

Globally

Physiotherapist members in this member organisation (MO)

215

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% female

27%

In this MO

72%

In MOs in this region

61%

In MOs globally

Physiotherapy professional entry level education

Minimum qualification required to practice

Diploma

Equivalent fulltime years

3

Number of programmes

8

Regulation

* = Continuing Professional Development

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Registration required to practice

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CPD* required for re-registration

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CPD* required for membership

Practice

Which authority defines scope of practice

Ministry of Health or another government department

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Standards of practice

The standards of the regulatory/licensing/registration authority

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Education for autonomous practice

Some programmes

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Legislation to prevent private practice

Physiotherapists are permitted to

Direct access

*Direct access means a person can refer themselves to a physiotherapist without referral from another health professional

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Direct access* permitted?

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Can people self refer to physiotherapists in private practice?

Will this be reimbursed?

In part

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Can people self refer to physiotherapists in the public system?

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Limitations

Private insurance patients

Special interest groups recognised by the member organisation

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) events

http://physiotherapykenya.com

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Profile of the profession in this region

A global profile of the profession is also available.

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Benin

How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

106 (100-1000)

How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population?

0.17 (<1)

What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

56% (40-60%)

What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

56% (40-60%)

What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

Bachelors degree

How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population?

0.44 (<1)

Is registration required to practice?

Yes

Which authority defines scope of practice?

Ministry of Health or another government department (Government)

Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

Yes, The standards of the regulatory/licensing/registration authority

Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

No

Is direct access permitted?

Public only

Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

Yes

Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

No

Are physiotherapists permitted to provide telehealth services?

No

Cameroon

How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

90 (<100)

How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population?

0.1 (<1)

What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

67% (60-80%)

What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

40% (20-40%)

What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

Diploma

How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population?

1.19 (1-5)

Is registration required to practice?

Yes

Which authority defines scope of practice?

Ministry of Health or another government department (Government)

Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

No

Is direct access permitted?

Public only

Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

Yes

Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

Yes

Are physiotherapists permitted to provide telehealth services?

Yes

Congo (Democratic Republic)

How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

210 (100-1000)

How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population?

0.1 (<1)

What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

71% (60-80%)

What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

71% (60-80%)

What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

Diploma

How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population?

0.24 (<1)

Is registration required to practice?

No

Which authority defines scope of practice?

Ministry of Health or another government department (Government)

Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

No

Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

Yes, All programmes (Yes)

Is direct access permitted?

Yes

Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

Yes

Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

No

Are physiotherapists permitted to provide telehealth services?

No

Eswatini

How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

37 (<100)

How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population?

0.49 (<1)

What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

73% (60-80%)

What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

64% (60-80%)

What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

Diploma

Is registration required to practice?

Yes

Which authority defines scope of practice?

A partnership between a regulation/licensing/registration body and your organisation (Partnership)

Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

Yes, The standards of the regulatory/licensing/registration authority

Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

No

Is direct access permitted?

Yes

Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

Yes

Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

No

Are physiotherapists permitted to provide telehealth services?

Yes

Ethiopia

How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

75 (<100)

How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population?

0.05 (<1)

What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

33% (20-40%)

What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

30% (20-40%)

What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

Diploma

How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population?

0.14 (<1)

Is registration required to practice?

Yes

Which authority defines scope of practice?

One or more independent regulation/licensing/registration authorities (Independent)

Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

Yes, More than one

Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

Yes, All programmes (Yes)

Is direct access permitted?

Yes

Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

Yes

Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

No

Are physiotherapists permitted to provide telehealth services?

Yes

Ghana

How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

95 (<100)

How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population?

0.07 (<1)

What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

46% (40-60%)

What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

46% (40-60%)

What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

Bachelors degree

How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population?

0.67 (<1)

Is registration required to practice?

Yes

Which authority defines scope of practice?

Ministry of Health or another government department (Government)

Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

Yes, More than one

Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

Yes, Some programmes (Some)

Is direct access permitted?

Yes

Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

Yes

Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

No

Are physiotherapists permitted to provide telehealth services?

Yes

Ivory Coast

How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

60 (<100)

How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population?

0.08 (<1)

What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

33% (20-40%)

What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

25% (20-40%)

What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

Bachelors degree

How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population?

0.2 (<1)

Is registration required to practice?

Yes

Which authority defines scope of practice?

Ministry of Health or another government department (Government)

Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

No

Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

Yes, All programmes (Yes)

Is direct access permitted?

No

Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

No

Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

No

Are physiotherapists permitted to provide telehealth services?

Yes

Kenya

How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

215 (100-1000)

How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population?

0.23 (<1)

What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

28% (20-40%)

What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

33% (20-40%)

What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

Diploma

How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population?

0.78 (<1)

Is registration required to practice?

Yes

Which authority defines scope of practice?

Ministry of Health or another government department (Government)

Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

Yes, The standards of the regulatory/licensing/registration authority

Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

Yes, Some programmes (Some)

Is direct access permitted?

Private only

Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

No

Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

No

Are physiotherapists permitted to provide telehealth services?

Yes

Madagascar

How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

90 (<100)

How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population?

0.13 (<1)

What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

56% (40-60%)

What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

58% (40-60%)

What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

Diploma

How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population?

0.19 (<1)

Is registration required to practice?

No

Which authority defines scope of practice?

Ministry of Health or another government department (Government)

Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

No

Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

Yes, Some programmes (Some)

Is direct access permitted?

Private only

Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

No

Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

No

Are physiotherapists permitted to provide telehealth services?

No

Malawi

How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

72 (<100)

How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population?

0.07 (<1)

What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

53% (40-60%)

What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

50% (40-60%)

What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

Bachelors degree

How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population?

0.28 (<1)

Is registration required to practice?

Yes

Which authority defines scope of practice?

Medical Council of Malawo (Other)

Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

Yes, The standards of the regulatory/licensing/registration authority

Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

Yes, All programmes (Yes)

Is direct access permitted?

Private only

Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

Yes

Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

No

Are physiotherapists permitted to provide telehealth services?

No

Mali

How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

79 (<100)

How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population?

0.07 (<1)

What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

24% (20-40%)

What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

15% (<20%)

What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

Bachelors degree

How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population?

0.26 (<1)

Is registration required to practice?

No

Which authority defines scope of practice?

Ministry of Health or another government department (Government)

Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

No

Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

Yes, All programmes (Yes)

Is direct access permitted?

Yes

Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

Yes

Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

Yes

Are physiotherapists permitted to provide telehealth services?

Yes

Mauritius

How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

44 (<100)

Morocco

How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

411 (100-1000)

How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population?

0.83 (<1)

What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

70% (60-80%)

What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

70% (60-80%)

What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

Diploma

How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population?

0.56 (<1)

Is registration required to practice?

No

Which authority defines scope of practice?

Ministry of Health or another government department (Government)

Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

No

Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

No

Is direct access permitted?

No

Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

No

Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

No

Are physiotherapists permitted to provide telehealth services?

Yes

Namibia

How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

135 (100-1000)

How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population?

0.6 (<1)

What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

81% (>80%)

What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

82% (>80%)

What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

Bachelors degree

How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population?

2.04 (1-5)

Is registration required to practice?

Yes

Which authority defines scope of practice?

Ministry of Health or another government department (Government)

Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

Yes, The standards of the regulatory/licensing/registration authority

Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

Yes, All programmes (Yes)

Is direct access permitted?

Private only

Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

No

Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

No

Are physiotherapists permitted to provide telehealth services?

No

Niger

How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

48 (<100)

How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population?

0.02 (<1)

What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

29% (20-40%)

What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

29% (20-40%)

What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

Diploma

How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population?

0.22 (<1)

Is registration required to practice?

No

Which authority defines scope of practice?

Ministry of Health or another government department (Government)

Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

No

Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

No

Is direct access permitted?

Yes

Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

No

Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

No

Are physiotherapists permitted to provide telehealth services?

Yes

Nigeria

How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

722 (100-1000)

How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population?

0.13 (<1)

What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

35% (20-40%)

What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

33% (20-40%)

What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

Bachelors degree

How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population?

0.46 (<1)

Is registration required to practice?

Yes

Which authority defines scope of practice?

One or more independent regulation/licensing/registration authorities (Independent)

Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

Yes, More than one

Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

Yes, Some programmes (Some)

Is direct access permitted?

Yes

Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

Yes

Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

No

Are physiotherapists permitted to provide telehealth services?

Yes

Rwanda

How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

75 (<100)

How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population?

0.28 (<1)

What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

60% (40-60%)

What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

69% (60-80%)

What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

Diploma

How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population?

0.41 (<1)

Is registration required to practice?

Yes

Which authority defines scope of practice?

One or more independent regulation/licensing/registration authorities (Independent)

Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

Yes, The standards of the regulatory/licensing/registration authority

Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

Yes, All programmes (Yes)

Is direct access permitted?

Private only

Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

Yes

Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

No

Are physiotherapists permitted to provide telehealth services?

Yes

Senegal

How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

99 (<100)

How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population?

0.07 (<1)

What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

47% (40-60%)

What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

48% (40-60%)

What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

Bachelors degree

How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population?

0.32 (<1)

Is registration required to practice?

Yes

Which authority defines scope of practice?

Ministry of Health or another government department (Government)

Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

Yes, The standards of the regulatory/licensing/registration authority

Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

Yes, All programmes (Yes)

Is direct access permitted?

Yes

Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

Yes

Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

No

Are physiotherapists permitted to provide telehealth services?

Yes

South Africa

How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

4,349 (1000-10000)

How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population?

1.37 (1-5)

What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

86% (>80%)

What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

80% (>80%)

What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

Bachelors degree

How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population?

0.69 (<1)

Is registration required to practice?

Yes

Which authority defines scope of practice?

One or more independent regulation/licensing/registration authorities (Independent)

Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

Yes, More than one

Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

Yes, All programmes (Yes)

Is direct access permitted?

Yes

Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

Yes

Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

No

Are physiotherapists permitted to provide telehealth services?

Yes

Sudan

How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

69 (<100)

Tanzania

How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

85 (<100)

Togo

How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

82 (<100)

How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population?

0.47 (<1)

What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

32% (20-40%)

What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

14% (<20%)

What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

Bachelors degree

How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population?

0.63 (<1)

Is registration required to practice?

Yes

Which authority defines scope of practice?

Ministry of Health or another government department (Government)

Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

Yes, The standards of the regulatory/licensing/registration authority

Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

Yes, All programmes (Yes)

Is direct access permitted?

Private only

Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

No

Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

No

Are physiotherapists permitted to provide telehealth services?

No

Uganda

How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

85 (<100)

How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population?

0.03 (<1)

What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

41% (40-60%)

What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

29% (20-40%)

What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

Diploma

How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population?

0.59 (<1)

Is registration required to practice?

Yes

Which authority defines scope of practice?

Ministry of Health or another government department (Government)

Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

Yes, The standards of the regulatory/licensing/registration authority

Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

Yes, All programmes (Yes)

Is direct access permitted?

Yes

Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

Yes

Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

No

Are physiotherapists permitted to provide telehealth services?

Yes

Zambia

How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

79 (<100)

Zimbabwe

How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

68 (<100)

How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population?

0.24 (<1)

What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

74% (60-80%)

What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

65% (60-80%)

What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

Diploma

How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population?

0.69 (<1)

Is registration required to practice?

Yes

Which authority defines scope of practice?

One or more independent regulation/licensing/registration authorities (Independent)

Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

Yes, The standards of the regulatory/licensing/registration authority

Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

Yes, All programmes (Yes)

Is direct access permitted?

Yes

Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

Yes

Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

No

Are physiotherapists permitted to provide telehealth services?

No

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