Rau, Barbara

Rau, Barbara
Barbara Rau is currently working for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as hospital physiotherapy referent and project manager covering the supported physical rehabilitation projects in the Middle East (Gaza, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Yemen).

Specialized in neurorehabilitation with a Master degree in Physiotherapy Sciences from Maastricht University (2005), Barbara has been practicing physiotherapy for the last 27 years, either as a therapist, educator, researcher or team manager. At the University of Applied Sciences (Lausanne, Switzerland), she has taught or coordinated pre- and post-graduated physiotherapy courses in the field of neurorehabilitation, evidence based practice, research methodology and humanitarian action; she has also supervised Bachelor and Master theses.

Barbara has done and participated in a few research projects and has presented her work at both national and international conferences. She was also member of the scientific committee for the 2011 World Confederation for Physical Therapists’ congress. She has worked as physiotherapy project coordinator with various humanitarian organizations in Romania, Malaysia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Myanmar. Currently, her main tasks consist in developing hospital based physiotherapy activities and guidelines and supporting physical rehabilitation field projects in order to promote best practice.