Speech-Language Pathology in East Africa
- Created on Wednesday, 16 November 2011 23:31
- Updated on Saturday, 08 February 2014 07:13
Republic of Burundi
There is currently no SLP work being undertaken in Burundi of which we are aware. If you know of any activity that would be helpful to include here please email Caroline Bowen.
Fana Association for Individuals with Communication and Learning Difficulties
Republic of Kenya
If you are seeking speech therapy services, members hold positions in: the Kenyan Institute of Special Education, the Aga Khan Hospital (Nairobi), Nairobi Hospital, Gertrude's Children's Hospital, Lavington and other locations. Private practitioners work both in Mombasa and Nairobi.
ASLTK (previously KASLT) holds monthly speech therapy meetings at various locations around Nairobi. Meetings are used to discuss current projects, work issues and specific cases. ASLTK members are also affiliated with Special Education Professionals(SEP) who can be reached at www.Sepkenya.com. SEP offers free multidisciplinary child development assessments at Gertrude Children’s Hospital on the first Saturday of the month.
ASLTK supports and sometimes hosts a regional bi-annual East African Conference on Communication Disorders. For information on the 2013 conference see: http://www.sltkenya2013.blogspot.com/. The next conference is scheduled to be hosted by Sebastian Kolowa Memorial University in Arusha, Tanzania in 2015.
Sebastian Kolowa Memorial University now offers a Bachelor of Education with a specialization in Speech and Language Difficulties in Tanzania.
Centre for Child Development and Education
The Centre for Child Development and Education in Nairobi is run by Lorna Muthamia-Ochido (Speech Pathology Australia and NZSTA member). The Centre offers services at a variety of locations. The aim of the Centre has been to increase the awareness of the unique scope of practice of speech therapists working in underserved countries such as Kenya and come up with sustainable solutions to offering the service seeing that there are very few qualified speech therapists on the ground. The Centre works with mainly with speech therapist assistants.
Republic of Rwanda
For information about SLP work being undertaken in Rwanda please email:
United Republic of Tanzania
There are currently two internationally certified speech language pathologists in Tanzania. One works in Dar Es Salaam and the other in Moshi. No more information is available to post here at this time.
Republic of Uganda
Speech and Language Therapy Department
ENT Ward 1A
PO Box 22418
Makerere University Program in Speech & Language Therapy
There is a 3-year Bachelor's degree program in Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. It is the only Bachelor's degree in SLT in East and Central Africa and the first graduates qualified as SLTs in 2010.
SLT is going from strength to strength across the continent and the program is now expanding to attract a wide range of students from across Africa. This will assist the spread of SLT services to meet the needs of people with communication and swallowing difficulties.
The next student intakes are through Makerere University Admissions Office: www.mak.ac.ug. Applicants are required to apply in writing, and go through a short interview process to be eligible for a student place. leaflet and poster
Contact Helen Barrett if you require further information.
Speech and Language Therapist
Course Coordinator (VSO)
SLT Degree Programme
Department of ENT
School of Medicine
College of Health Sciences