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Physiotherapy Association of Malawi

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The Physiotherapy Association of Malawi has been a member of World Physiotherapy since 1999 and is part of our Africa region.

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The Physiotherapy Association of Malawi, or its national special interest groups, are members of the following subgroups recognised by World Physiotherapy:

World Physiotherapy member since

1999

Year members reported

2020

Number of physiotherapist members

72

Contact details

      Malawi: a profile of the profession in 2020

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      About Physiotherapy Association of Malawi and the physiotherapy profession in Malawi

      Practising physiotherapists in the country/territory

      124 (estimated)

      0.07

      Per 10,000 population

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      % female

      50%

      In this country/territory

      62%

      In this region

      63%

      Globally

      Physiotherapist members in this member organisation (MO)

      72

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      % female

      52%

      In this MO

      72%

      In MOs in this region

      61%

      In MOs globally

      Physiotherapy professional entry level education

      Minimum qualification required to practice

      Bachelors degree

      Equivalent fulltime years

      5

      Number of programmes

      1

      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

      Other

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      Standards of practice

      The standards of the regulatory/licensing/registration authority

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      Education for autonomous practice

      All 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

      If physiotherapy services sought for will be paid for by some medical schemes

      Special interest groups recognised by the member organisation

      Profile of the profession in this region

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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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