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The osteopathic program that will open in Lahore in 2013/14 will be open to doctors and physiotherapists and other holders of a bachelor in health sciences. It is a part-time post-graduate program that consists of 6 5-day courses per year for 5 years, followed by a research project.

The program will be organized by the CEO in Montreal, which will send senior teachers from Montreal for each course. The CEO already has a network of 8 schools in Canada and Europe. Its program is validated by the University of Wales, in Great-Britain, allowing its graduates to obtain a B.A (hons) in osteopathy from this university.

You can find more information about the program on the CEO (Montreal) and CCO (Toronto) web-sites.  Candidates to the part-time program, holders of a bachelor of health sciences, should forward their CV, together with a letter of interest, to Syed Haider Ali.

Mission 2012

OWB is actively preparing its 2012 mission.  We are pleased to announce that Faisal Naqvi, DO (Q), one of the early volunteer to the missions in 2007 and 2008 is able to join us again, and will give an introductory course to osteopathy. This will be a wonderful opportunity for the medical professionals in Pakistan to learn some basic tools of osteopathy that they will be able to integrate into their existing practice.  Our two local finishing students will be assisting this hands-on work-shop. See the announcement.

Haider Ali and Usmara Zafar present osteopathy to physiotherapists and students.

Haider and Usmara, now in their fifth year of osteopathic studies, proud leaders of osteopathy in their country, have given two presentations at universities this Fall.

As we continue to work at making the opening of osteopathic school in Pakistan a reality, bringing information to potential candidates to the program is essential.

On October 1st, they were invited by the physical therapy school at Faisalabad University.  Faisalabad is Pakistan 3rd largest city, 80 miles west of Lahore.

Their presentation was part of physio day celebration.
 They were invited to present osteopathic philosophy and chose to demonstrate correction of a 1st rib and muscle energy concept. They were pleased and impressed to have so many inquiries from the students. They were also able to meet with the dean of this recent and dynamic private university and share their experience with the teachers.

This past Saturday, on November 26th, they used the same material to present at Riphah International University in Islamabad.  There they addressed practicing physios and physios doing a transitional doctor of physiotherapy course.

During the 2 hour-event, that included time for an interesting question and answer period, attendees manifested great interest in the philosophy of osteopathy.

The director of the program, Dr. Asghar Khan, showed particular interest, as he had done his D.P.T. at A.T. Still University in the USA.

Haider and Usmara were thrilled to have this wonderful opportunity to present to colleagues coming from the each of the main cities of Northern Pakistan.

Thanks to such presentations, we hope more and more doctors and physiotherapists will realize how osteopathy can be a most useful tool to help restore health in their patients. Osteopathy can be used alone, or in combination with allopathic care, depending on conditions. It can greatly alleviate the burden of over-worked doctors by making patients better faster, and with long-term improvement in their own ability to maintain homeostasis.  It allows physiotherapists to be significantly more effective with their orthopedic patients, and open the range of diagnosis they can work with.

Please sign up on the contact page if you are interested in receiving updates on the creation of the first Pakistani osteopathic school, scheduled for 2012 or 2013.

Report: Osteopathic School to Open 2012

Osteopathy Without Borders (OWB) was founded in 2007 to bring the benefits of osteopathy, a form of low-cost, effective manual medicine, to Pakistan.

OWB organizes, with the support of the Collège D’Etudes Ostéopathiques (CEO) in Montreal, Canada, yearly humanitarian missions, bringing volunteers to work in a hospital setting in Lahore and a rural mountainous area.  Its main mission is the training of Pakistani osteopaths.

It is recognized by all who work in health-care in developing countries (WHO, MSF, …) that natural therapies should be part of the solution to provide proper health-care to their population, as the high-costs of allopathic care is not affordable for all. Unfortunately, this kind of training is not available to local students as cost is prohibitive. OWB was created to fund the initial training of osteopaths in Pakistan.  Once enough local osteopaths exists, local osteopathic schools can function independently. Read the rest of this entry »

We want to make Osteopathy the first line of healthcare in Pakistan

Published in The Friday Times, Pakistan’s First Independent Weekly Paper, July 22-28, 2011 – Vol. XXIII, No. 23

Sylvie Erb is a co-founder of Osteopathy Without Borders and leads humanitarian osteopathic  missions to remote places in the Northern Areas every year. TFT talked to her about her organisation’s plans in Pakistan.

The Friday Times: What is Osteopathy? Tell us about its philosophy and scope.

Sylvie Erb: Osteopathy is a complementary medical practice that began in the US in the late 19th century. It looks for the cause of disease in the mechanics of the body at the tissue level. The human body is a unit, and all its systems are interrelated. An improvement in the mobility and function of one system leads to an improvement in the function of the other. The body has the ability to heal itself. Read the rest of this entry »

Presentation Given at the School of Physiotherapy

On April 19, 2011, Haider Ali and Usmara Zafar, our two fundees, gave a presentation at the School of Physiotherapy at Mayo Hospital, Lahore. It is part of King Edward Medical College and is the oldest and biggest hospital in Pakistan.

Their presentation was about muscle energy, which is one type of technique developed by an American osteopath, Fred Mitchell Senior, D.O. in the late 1940ies. Read the rest of this entry »

2010 Mission

The foundation Osteopathy Without Borders (OWB) was founded in 2007 to raise funds to train Pakistanis as osteopaths. Haider Ali and Usmara Zafar, physiotherapists in Lahore, have now finished their 3rd year, out of a 5-year part-time study program.
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Current Work

This year, with the educational support of the CEO, who will send senior teachers from Canada and the fund-raising support of  the Imran Khan Foundation, we’re working to open an osteopathic school open to doctors and physiotherapists.

The goal is that once there are local osteopaths who can provide supervision, it will be possible to open full-time programs open to students out of high-school.