Occupational Therapy Africa Regional Group

4th OTARG Congress Moshi, Tanzanian 2005

The Tanzanian occupational therapists worked hard to bring about the Congress in Moshi in August 2005. 

The theme of the Congress was “OT in Africa – in search for identity.”

The profit made from the Mombassa Congress mysteriously disappeared and they had to work from scratch! A generous donation from the British Association of Occupational Therapists saved the day. (The OTARG funds did reappear two years later!). 

The Congress was very well attended with more than 100 delegates from 13 countries all over the world, eager to catch a glimpse of Kilimanjaro. 

It reluctantly did show its beautiful head only once during the congress! The standard of papers and the evidence of good research being done, made this again a wonderful congress. 

The costs were again covered and many delegates set off to the nearby Serengeti and other beautiful game parks before and after the Congress. Many students again attended the Congress.

OTARG met during the Congress. WFOT sent Sharon Brintnell, the WFOT Treasurer, to preside over the meeting because of the disappearance of the funds. 

She offered great support and ran an excellent meeting. 

The executive was re-elected with Alfred Ramukumba from South Africa as Chairman, Dani Swai from Tanzania as Vice Chairman, Rachel Kasiime-Kanyangabo from Uganda as Secretary, Christa Meyer from Tanzania as Treasurer, Julian Kamwesiga from Uganda as the WFOT representative, Albert Chake from Tanzania as Student Representative and Rosemary Crouch from South Africa as Newsletter Editor. 

The meetings were now held strictly according to the Constitution. It was decided to hold the next OTARG Congress in Zanzibar and Mohammed Sharif was appointed convenor with help from the Tanzanian OTs.