Advancing Medical Rehabilitation around the World

The International Rehabilitation Forum brings together people and institutions that have the passion and expertise to build relevant rehabilitation medicine practices in low-resource and isolated regions, aiming at providing a better chance for persons with physical limitations to maximize their independence, participate in their communities, and become leaders.

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Future Leaders Conference

This summer, IRF is hosting a virtual conference for future leaders in global rehabilitation medicine. We welcome passionate young PM&R professionals, who share enthusiasm for advancing global PM&R solutions, in their own institution and around the world. This unique program will provide the skills, aptitude, and contacts to solve problems and create opportunities. Share this exciting initiative with your friends and colleagues!

Saturday, July 31, 2021 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Virtual Meeting Link will be sent to you when closer to the event.
Contact for questions.

Registration is now OPEN! Click HERE for conference details and registration!

IRF Coronavirus Rehabilitation Tools

Including expert rehabilitation from the very beginning of a health crisis means better functional outcomes for patients. The International Rehabilitation Forum’s global team of volunteer rehabilitation medicine experts has devised several tools to help hospital personnel and patients dealing with COVID-19 work towards better long-term health and a way to release beds for additional care.

We encourage free sharing of our materials, with attribution if possible.For a list of practical tools click CLICK HERE

African PM&R Fellowship

The IRF has been offering a fellowhsip in PM&R to accredited physicians throughout Africa. We have graduated candidates from Ghana and Ethiopia and are currently reaching out to all countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. New applications are accepted from June through August. Please contact Dr. Andy Haig for more information.

IRF Engagement Survey

Over the last decade, the International Rehabilitation Forum has helped build medical rehabilitation around the world. It is time to take a fresh look at the mission, vision, and structure of our organization. As supporters of the IRF we need your insights. Please fill out this brief 15 question survey.

IRF Engagement Survey



On the Ground

Building the Organization

Some current projects include:

  • The African Fellowship Project

    The continent of Africa bears 24% of the world’s burden of disease but has only 3% of health providers, on a budget of less than 1% of the worlds health expenditure. The IRF is hoping to change that. Click here to examine our current efforts.

  • Cinema Dakar

    Cinema Dakar is a project in conjunction with the Centre Talibou Dabo, a K-12 school in Dakar, Senegal that caters to students with disability. For a comprehensive description of Cinema Dakar, please click here.

  • IRF Fellows/Mentors

    The IRF helps facilitate and connect fellows with projects in rural and developing regions to improve medical rehabilitation. For a list of mentors click here

  • The Africa Strategy meeting: With only about 10 rehabilitation physicians in subsaharan Africa, there are many more African rehabilitation doctors working overseas than on the continent. The IRF is planning a meeting of the expert diaspora in the United States so that they can unify and intelligently create change for their families back home. The conference requires major funding including travel funds for African experts to attend.

To encourage involvement of the poorest rehabilitation professional from around the world the IRF charges no membership fees. Thus, its programs are completely dependent on donations from the leadership and others who understand the critical need.


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