Kate Sherry

I am an occupational therapist and rural health activist from South Africa, with a focus on primary healthcare, community-based rehabilitation and mental health in the African context. In 2016 I completed a PhD in Public Health at the University of Cape Town, with a research study into the interactions between people with disabilities and the primary healthcare system in a remote rural village in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. During the writing up, I was privileged to spend three months as a visiting scholar at the ASC in Leiden.

At the start of 2017, I joined Growing the Nations Therapy Programs, a rehabilitation NGO in Madagascar engaged in developing the profession of Occupational Therapy (Ergotherapie) in this country, in partnership with the Malagasy Ministry of Health and Population, and other stakeholders. I am one of two Ergotherapie lecturers teaching on the recently established degree program at the University of Antananarivo, from which the first ever Malagasy ergotherapeute will graduate this year.


Associate member
Rural Rehab South Africa (RuReSA) & Growing the Nations Therapy Programs
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