Physical Therapy in Uganda

Living out the university’s mission to “serve with passion,” each year students and faculty from the doctor of physical therapy program embark on a trip to Africa to tend to the needs of underserved communities.
Initiated in 2014, the annual trips give DPT students the opportunity to put their training into practice. Teams have visited schools for children with disabilities, clinics, villages, and teaching institutions, allowing George Fox students the opportunity to teach classes in orthopedics, stroke prevention, and neurorehabilitation, among other topics.

2019 Ghana Trip

Clinical faculty members Andrew and Sara Fifield and program director Tyler Cuddeford led a team of 11 third-year students to Ghana for a fourth straight year. Students and faculty taught hundreds of patients with orthopedic and neurological conditions in Accra, and students and faculty presented on stroke prevention, screening, and rehabilitation at a two-day international conference on sports physical therapy and rehabilitation. The second annual African Summit drew more than 500 participants and included rehabilitation professionals and students from Ghana, Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire.
While in Kumasi and Ho, George Fox students and faculty taught classes in orthopedics, health and wellness, and neurorehabilitation to students and faculty at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and the University of Health and Allied Sciences.
In total, the team treated more than 800 people in various clinics across several regions.

Ultimately, being experts in mobility, our mission is to empower people to take care of themselves – to get them to function better, whether that means teaching someone to walk or just helping them move in a more efficient way.

- Tyler Cuddeford, director of George Fox’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program, on the goal of the Africa trips

Serving in Africa since 2014

George Fox’s physical therapy program embarked on its service initiative to Africa in 2014 with a trip to Uganda, when a group of 12 students and two professors tended to the needs of children and adults stricken by disease and immobility.
Each year since, a team returns to the continent to offer their expertise and show compassion. And while the trip isn’t a requirement for graduation, it aligns with the program’s “professional duty and social responsibility” component.