Genesis of the African Federation of Orthopedic TechnOLOGISTS (FATO)

FATO was established in 1992, by a group of prosthetist-orthotists to address issues related specifically to the profession (i.e. lack of recognition, lack of access to education and training, lack of exchanges, etc.). Over the years, FATO has grown and become a multidisciplinary organization aiming at promoting access to appropriate and equitable rehabilitation and mobility device services in Africa, thus improving the quality of life for persons who may benefit from rehabilitation and mobility devices services.

FATO membership includes all rehabilitation professionals (i.e. prosthetists-orthotists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, rehabilitation doctors, speech therapists, surgeons, CBR workers, etc) along with users of the services and decision makers. Over the years, FATO has grown and is now present in 30 African countries (among the 54) and has formal and/or informal contacts with countries where there is no FATO national association. In addition, FATO has developed close collaboration with several national, regional and international organizations involved in rehabilitation and mobility device services, with organization of people with disabilities, and with the industry.

For many of FATO members and partners, the name African Federation of Orthopaedic Technologists was no longer in line with the evolution of the federation and the time had come to review its name. After a consultation and a vote within its members and partners, the African Federation of Orthopaedic Technologists becomes the “African Federation of Rehabilitation Professionals”. While the name is changing, the acronym “FATO” will remain.

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