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    Importance of government and non governmental collaboration for developing higher educational competences in junior Prosthetic Orthotic professionals in developing countries


    10/7/19 | 9:15 AM – 10:30 AM time


    Stephney Weerasinghe, Mandalay Orthopaedic Hospital PO center (Mandalay, Myanmar), Myanmar School of Prosthetics and Orthotics ,University of Medical Technology (Yangon, Myanmar)

    Khin Thantzin, Myanmar School Of Prosthetics and Orthotics, University of Medical Technology (Yangon, Myanmar)

    May Zun Phoo Aung, Mandalay Orthopaedic Hospital Prosthetic Orthotic center (Mandalay, Myanmar), Myanmar School Of Prosthetics and Orthotics, University of Medical Technology (Yangon, Myanmar)

    Uthpala Mihiran, Mandalay Orthopaedic Hospital Prosthetic Orthotic center (Mandalay, Myanmar)

    Session format
    Room 3B, Exhibition Hall 2
    Developing Countries / Education
    Target audience
    Congress registrants only
    Session Chair

    Stephney Weerasinghe



    Myanmar is a developing country and started the formal PO education in category 2 in 2015. Later with the implementation of ISPO standards the Prosthetic and Orthotic education and service provision has broadened. In 2017 Myanmar gained international recognition in ISPO world congress by presenting the developments in Prosthetics and Orthotics.

    This symposium is mainly presented by a local and international team of Junior Prosthetists and Orthotists who are currently working and studying in Myanmar and trying to gain qualifications in Category 1 from Mahidol University, Bangkok and Masters from University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK.

    At present Myanmar has several PO clinics and these started through the collaboration between government and non governmental organizations. Today they provide services mainly for the patients in need.
    Through this symposium our main attempt is to share the positive impact of having these clinics in serving as invaluable resources to provide clinical experiences to gain competences in pursuing higher PO qualifications even with not so advanced technical resources.

    Nevertheless there are challenges yet we hope this symposium will be a platform in finding some practical solutions through discussion with the teachers, clinicians, educators who have overcome similar situations successfully.

    Finally I thank sincerely the ISPO committee for creating equal opportunities for everyone. And should say Myanmar does not get opportunities like this often.Therefore if the respected ISPO congress committee opens an opportunity for our symposium it will be a tremendous achievement in our PO career and an honor for Myanmar.

    Statement of the objective / learning objectives

    Importance of collaboration between government and non governmental organizations in implementing PO clinical set ups and it’s impact in building competencies for obtaining higher educational qualifications after category 2 qualification

    This session focuses on the topic Education.

    Simultaneous Interpretation


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