Through a partnership with Doulas Dominicanas, our Resource Mothers are now equipped to better assist their clients. In the public hospitals of the Dominican Republic, unless they have a Doula,...
June 3, 2014
Major Leaguers Provide Grants to Support Areas of Need in the Dominican Republic and Philippines 

On OCTOBER 25th, 2014, our annual Gala brings together a remarkable circle of leaders and change-makers from business, government, philanthropic and medical communities in Hampton Roads and beyond. 

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

Darrell
[our little warrior]

Darrell was two years old when he suffered severe burns to both hands. He was unable to feed, wash and dress himself – until he began working with a therapist trained by Physicians for Peace.  You can do something today. Give the gift of healing and change the lives of children like Darrell.

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Our little warrior

Darrell’s hands are balled permanently into a slight fist – the result of an accident that happened when he was two years old.

Ginna, Darrell’s Occupational Therapist

Ginna Parra is Darrell’s occupational therapist. Trained by Physicians for Peace four years ago, she now throughout Central and South America, providing training in pediatric care. “The training the Physicians for Peace has given us has allowed us … to exchange information with therapists from other hospitals so that we can become familiar with different techniques.”

Yency, Darrell’s Mother

Darrell’s hands hold the hope of his mother, Yency. An elementary school teacher, she knew the importance of restoring his motor skills.  She’s worked with him at home on physical skills needed to restore his freedom – feeding himself, washing himself, writing. “Each stage was difficult,” she says. “But it’s not difficult to have hope when you see hope in others.”  

As you think about the strong, loving women in your life, think of Ginna, Yency and Darrel. What if Ginna didn’t have the knowledge or equipment to care for Darrel? 

How many other burn victims in Costa Rica and around the world don’t receive the care they deserve, simply because of where they live? Make a gift that counts. Donate today because your gift will heal many.

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

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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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On OCTOBER 25th, 2014, our annual Gala brings together a remarkable circle of leaders and change-makers from business, government, philanthropic and medical communities in Hampton Roads and beyond. 

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.

June 3, 2014
Major Leaguers Provide Grants to Support Areas of Need in the Dominican Republic and Philippines 
July 22, 2014
Physicians for Peace is highlighted on Fox NewsEdge for the healthcare training and support in the Philippines and the Dominican Republic made possible by Major Leagues Baseball Players Trust.
July 18, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Contact: Erin Wickersham Physicians for Peace Communications Manager 757-625-7569
Doula Program Offers Gentle Touch to Dominican Teen Mothers
August 12, 2014
Through a partnership with Doulas Dominicanas, our Resource Mothers are now equipped to better assist their clients. In the public hospitals of the Dominican Republic, unless they have a Doula, women are alone during their labor. Resource Mothers will now provide physical, emotional and informational support during and after labor; and provide communications with family members waiting anxiously outside the busy labor and delivery unit.
Hagonoy - A Community's Vision Restored
July 24, 2014
During my pre-teen years, my parents and I have frequented to Hagonoy, Bulacan that it was like a second home to me. Every trip there is an adventure by itself as you would have to travel an hour or two by car to get to San Agustin where you would then ride a boat to get to the middle of the sea.
Mentoring Surgeons in the DR
July 18, 2014
June 2014 - A team of International Medical Educators recently completed a surgical training mission in the Dominican Republic, addressing identified health gaps facing Dominican urologists and their patients.
Father’s Day in Malawi: One Surgeon’s Story
June 10, 2014
For more than a year, Dr. Daniel Aronson has lived thousands of miles away from his family, working as an International Medical Educator at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH).