Met this spirited 11 year old boy today. Those of you with little ones can only imagine trying to keep the balance of encouraging curisousity while maintaining boundaries for safety because they have...
April 11, 2014
Originally posted on Your Mark on the World Center: March 26, 2014 -- Nearly 10 years ago, I was given the opportunity to join Physicians for Peace, an international nonprofit located in Norfolk,...

Published on Thomas Reuters Foundation site, Physicians for Peace is highlighted for building sustainable solutions through education on World Health Day 2014.

We envision a world where no one struggles with illness, disability or death due to the lack of quality local healthcare.

Amanda
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Her name is amanda. she's six years old living in Nicaragua. Amanda is no different from any of the other 55 children in her class - taking notes, learning, laughing with her friends. No different except for one thing, she is wearing a mask. 

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Helping Amanda Access Care

In October 2012, Amanda was severely burned on her face when an aerosol can exploded. Hearing the family scream out in terror, neighbors came running to the home to help pour water on the wounds. In agony, Amanda was rushed to a public hospital for immediate help, but they couldn’t address the specific care required to treat severe burns. The hospital provided initial care but the staff wasn't fully equipped to treat severe burns. Amanda had a high risk for infection until she was transferred to a specialized burn clinic in the heart of the city.

Quality Care Brings Hope

So how did this small hospital in Nicaragua reach such a high standard of burn care treatment? Because Physicians for Peace works with this burn clinic and many others in Central America, they are empowered to share the skills and knowledge needed to care for their own community and young patients, like Amanda, their scars won't run as deep.

Recovery And Rekindled Joy

In Amanda's case and for her family, her quality of care puts her on the road to a full recovery. She will be able to dream big dreams and most importantly, fulfill those dreams. In Amanda we found a fun, beautiful girl who loves to dance. Great things are in store for her, thanks in part to her unbreakable spirit but thanks in large to the care she was given. 

How to Help

We transform lives by training, supporting and empowering healthcare professionals working with the world’s underserved populations.

Train - Support - Empower
Bringing Health to All Four Corners of the World

Through educating the healthcare workforce in underserved regions, we can empower healthcare teams in local communities provide everyday access to quality healthcare. Our impact will allow individuals, like Ginna, to move her patients from a state of surviving to a state of living. 

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GINNA'S STORY

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My early days as an occupational therapist were mixed with emotions. It was a considerable challenge to work in burn care. I was going to be the first occupational therapist in the children’s hospital. My first patient was a two-year old girl that had suffered burns on her hands from a fire and as a result had partial amputations of her fingers. I remember the expectation and fear in her mother’s face. I remember the challenge to provide the right care for her.

Train

The direct and specific training I received with Michael and Jonathon opened my eyes - the ideas and options I could adapt including specific materials for my patients in Costa Rica. These trainings were given by expert therapists who were able to listen to some of my cases to discuss different techniques of treatment that I have applied. 

Support

Working in Costa Rica, I wanted to explore splint making for my patients, but the special plastic material was too expensive. I experimented with PVC piping and started practicing my technique for splinting devices as the material is easily available in Costa Rica. It was very rewarding to find a new way to offer quality care for my patients and share this new technique at an international burn care conference in Brazil with hundreds of other healthcare professionals.

Empower

With all that I have learned, I get to see the expression on the mother’s face change from fear to hope knowing that her child will achieve so much despite some functional limitations that my occur from the burn and feel the confidence with all the rehabilitation strategies that our team can provide.

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Published on Thomas Reuters Foundation site, Physicians for Peace is highlighted for building sustainable solutions through education on World Health Day 2014.

We work in five regions of the world addressing the where the training needs are most critical and have the highest impact to the community.

April 11, 2014
Originally posted on Your Mark on the World Center: March 26, 2014 -- Nearly 10 years ago, I was given the opportunity to join Physicians for Peace, an international nonprofit located in Norfolk,...
April 10, 2014
News Channel 3, WTKR, airs Taste of Morocco fundraiser on behalf of Physicians for Peace.
March 13, 2014
Omar Bouhkriss, owner of Omar’s Carriage House, invites you to join him and many friends as we celebrate the international humanitarian work of Physicians for Peace.
Caring Hands to Heal the Burns
April 4, 2014
Met this spirited 11 year old boy today. Those of you with little ones can only imagine trying to keep the balance of encouraging curisousity while maintaining boundaries for safety because they have a keen talent of getting themselves into danger.
“She wears many hats.”
April 3, 2014
We’re all familiar with that phrase. But how about “she wears many gloves.” As is the story with countless others before and legions since, Ginna Parro left her home in Columbia at twenty-two with her little brother Juan in search of a better life. The promise of an education and the opportunity to send money back home lead her to Costa Rica
Bubbles
April 2, 2014
Several weeks ago Sawyer discovered the simple, yet magical joy of blowing bubbles. It’s become an obsession of his. And frankly, of mine. He wakes up some mornings and the first thing he says is, “hey bubble!” The night before I was likely toiling in the kitchen like a mad scientist attempting to concoct the perfect mixture of dish soap, water and corn syrup. Not too thick. Not too runny. We spend hour upon hour chasing bubbles in the backyard these days.
Relevant, Responsive and Adaptable
March 3, 2014
In 2012, the Physicians for Peace Board of Directors posed a challenge to our staff: Can Physicians for Peace evaluate its effectiveness? Are we objectively assessing our programs – strengths, weaknesses and future opportunities? In short, can we prove that we are making a difference in people’s lives?

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