World Physiotherapy offers condolences and support to colleagues in Syria and Türkiye

World Physiotherapy offers condolences and support to our colleagues in Syria and Türkiye as they struggle to meet the rehabilitation needs of their people.

Physiotherapists in Syria and Türkiye are working to support the many people injured and displaced during the recent earthquakes. World Physiotherapy has sent messages of support and condolence to the Turkish Physiotherapy Association, the Syrian Physical Therapy Association, and the members of both associations.

World Physiotherapy is working with colleagues and partners to provide advocacy and practical support to physiotherapists in Syria and Türkiye.

Rescue workers responding to the aftermath of the earthquake in Turkey

World Physiotherapy is a member of the World Rehabilitation Alliance and supports the joint statement produced by WRA calling for rehabilitation services to be recognised as a key determinant of outcomes in trauma care and an essential health service, and for rehabilitation services to be accessible, affordable, and equitable for all affected by the earthquakes. 

World Physiotherapy reminds its member organisations and physiotherapists around the world:

Only travel to volunteer in the disaster zone if you are part of an established non governmental organisation (NGO) or emergency medical team (EMT).

Emma Stokes, World Physiotherapy president, said: “Our thoughts are with our colleagues and communities in Syria and Türkiye at this time. We know it is unlikely in an event of this size that the physiotherapy family in Syria and Türkiye will be untouched. 

“As an organisation and global community, we are committed to supporting our member organisations, particularly in times of great challenge. We are also liaising with our international partners to assist in advocacy and other requests for assistance as they arise.”

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