Occupational Therapy: An African Perspective.
|Article Type:||Book review|
|Subject:||Books (Book reviews)|
Ahmed, Sanusi B.
|Publication:||Name: British Journal of Occupational Therapy Publisher: College of Occupational Therapists Ltd. Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 College of Occupational Therapists Ltd. ISSN: 0308-0226|
|Issue:||Date: Feb, 2011 Source Volume: 74 Source Issue: 2|
|Topic:||NamedWork: Occupational Therapy: An African Perspective (Nonfiction work)|
|Persons:||Reviewee: Alers, Vivyan; Crouch, Rosemary|
|Geographic:||Geographic Code: 60AFR Africa|
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY: AN AFRICAN PERSPECTIVE. Vivyan Alers and
Rosemary Crouch, eds. Sarah Shorten Publishers, 2010. US$50.00 plus
postage and packing. 343 pp. ISBN 978-0-620-46486-4
This is a remarkable book. We predict that it will become a seminal textbook for occupational therapy in Africa, as well as for anyone interested in internationalism and cultural competence. We are making these bold statements for three reasons. Firstly, we hear the distinctive voices of African occupational therapists who are pioneering services in Malawi, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and South Africa. Such authenticity is vital for education, especially in African countries where the profession is very small and relatively new. Secondly, migration and ethnic diversity, often with inequities in health care, characterise contemporary societies throughout the world. This is why this book has such wide applicability. Thirdly, it provides a practical complement to the Guiding Principles on Diversity and Culture, published by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (Kinebanian and Stomph 2009).
The book is easy to read and richly illustrated with photographs of people, places and activities. It starts by intro ducing the African context, blending theory and stories to highlight cultural perspectives, offering tips about cultural sensitivity. Sherry suggests 'that finding out how to show respect is the best starting-point for newcomers in an African society' (p63). Respect, and respecting the human rights of marginalised people, especially those stigmatised by disability or mental illness, are themes that flow throughout the text.
Thirteen of the 17 chapters describe how occupational therapy theory is put into practice with impoverished communities, families with a disabled child, individuals with HIV and trauma survivors. We learnt a lot from this book. The subject of some chapters producing low cost aids, community-based rehabilitation and developing services without an infrastructure--are prescient given the austerity measures in public services in Europe.
The importance of this book makes it relevant for many audiences. We recommend it as an essential textbook for occupational therapy students; as a resource for occupational therapists serving diverse communities; and as a reference book for academic and hospital libraries, to help medical, nursing and social welfare colleagues understand occupational therapy in Africa.
Another remarkable feature is that you purchase the book from Rosemary Crouch (email firstname.lastname@example.org for an order form); and the royalties will go to the Occupational Therapy Africa Regional Group (OTARG) to help support African occupational therapists attend OTARG Congresses, see www.otarg.org.za.
Sanusi B Ahmed,
Head Occupational Therapist, Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Kware, Nigeria.
Chair of the Board of the European Master of Science in Occupational Therapy.
Kinebanian A, Stomph M (2009) Guiding principles on diversity and culture. Forrestfield: World Federation of Occupational Therapists. www.wfot.org
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