Physicians for Peace and our Latin American field partners from Costa Rica, Colombia, Panama and the Dominican Republic gathered together for an international burn conference to share expertise, ch
November 21, 2014
Please join us this Thanksgiving in saying Thank You to our medical educators by using #Unselfie #TeachOneHealMany on your social media sites.

We are now offering PayPal as a convenient option for giving. This holiday season, your Gift of Peace will heal one. teach many.

Health is a currency.

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Our mission to “teach one. heal many.” transform lives 
in developing regions of the world.

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Casimiro Vasquez
 understands the value of health as currency. 
A cherry farmer in the Dominican Republic, Casimiro has seven children. After being struck by a drunk driver, Casimiro suffered urethra damage and was living with a permanent catheter. The catheter saved his life, but severely limited his ability to operate the heavy equipment required to irrigate and care for his farm. His family’s livelihood was at risk.


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His local doctor, Dr. Elier Luciano, trained with our International Medical Educators, led by two urology surgeons based in Norfolk, Virginia. Casimiro received the specialized surgery required to restore his health. Casimiro and his family directly benefited from our work – and all of Dr. Luciano’s current and future patients benefit, too.



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Casimiro and Dr. Luciano are just two examples of how our mission to “teach one. heal many.” transform lives in developing regions of the world.

You can provide life-saving training to the people who need it most.


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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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Casimiro Vasquez
 understands the value of health as currency. 
A cherry farmer in the Dominican Republic, Casimiro has seven children. After being struck by a drunk driver, Casimiro suffered urethra damage and was living with a permanent catheter. The catheter saved his life, but severely limited his ability to operate the heavy equipment required to irrigate and care for his farm. His family’s livelihood was at risk.


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His local doctor, Dr. Elier Luciano, trained with our International Medical Educators, led by two urology surgeons based in Norfolk, Virginia. Casimiro received the specialized surgery required to restore his health. Casimiro and his family directly benefited from our work – and all of Dr. Luciano’s current and future patients benefit, too.



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Casimiro and Dr. Luciano are just two examples of how our mission to “teach one. heal many.” transform lives in developing regions of the world.

You can provide life-saving training to the people who need it most.


casimiro-cta.png

We are now offering PayPal as a convenient option for giving. This holiday season, your Gift of Peace will heal one. teach many.

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.

November 21, 2014
Please join us this Thanksgiving in saying Thank You to our medical educators by using #Unselfie #TeachOneHealMany on your social media sites.
November 19, 2014
Our Walking Free program received international recognition at the 6th annual Uniting Frontiers Conference.
October 22, 2014
These three organizations have played a key role in the success of Physicians for Peace and our ongoing efforts to improve the quality of health care around the globe.
Collective Impact: Improving Skills & Sharing Knowledge
November 25, 2014
Physicians for Peace and our Latin American field partners from Costa Rica, Colombia, Panama and the Dominican Republic gathered together for an international burn conference to share expertise, challenges and best practices in providing patient care. A mix of patient rounds, workshops on serial casting and hand splints and a lecture by plastic surgeon on lessons learned in the treatment of chemical burns and acid attacks, as well the use of the skin bank in Bogota, Colombia.
"In Malawi, Babies Were Alive Because of What We Did"
November 19, 2014
Watch our interview with International Medical Educator Diana Behling and learn how her training in Malawi saved the lives of newborns.
Simon's Story: Making a Living with Ice Cream and Potatoes
September 15, 2014
Physicians for Peace outfitted Simon, Simon, a street vendor who lost his leg after being struck by a car while selling ice cream on his tricycle, with a new leg.
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.

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