Field Updates

January 12, 2010, an unforgettable date to all of those who live in Haiti.  On that day at 16:53 local time, an earthquake with a devastating magnitude of 7.0 occurred.  Its epicenter was approximately 16 miles west of Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital.
A group of Old Dominion University engineering students is working with the Norfolk-based international development organization Physicians for Peace (PFP) to help in the creation of a regional blood bank in the country of Mali. The students' advisor, Stephen Knisley, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and Batten Endowed Chair in Biomedical Engineering, hopes that the partnerships formed this fall lead to a permanent link with PFP, one that provides hands-on experience to aspiring engineers.
A recent Seeing Clearly mission team of optometrists trained elementary teachers to identify and screen first and second graders back in October. Of the 300 students who were given visual acuity, 100 were found to be needing prescription eyeglasses which Physicians for Peace delivered. 
PHYSICIANS FOR PEACE CELEBRATES 12 YEARS OF HELPING PEOPLE WALK, RUN AND THRIVE. Travel from Port-au-Prince to Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Deschapelles, Haiti, and you’ll pass children on their way to school, new buildings along the road and, at the hospital, Haitian staff providing care and comfort to patients. The sights signal important advances for Haitians recovering from the country’s humanitarian crises, said Mary Kwasniewski, senior director of Global Health Programs.
Kris Giacobbe noticed the toddler first. His name was Amboul. He was hard to miss in the halls of a busy Moroccan hospital, especially for a photographer like Giacobbe. His upturned face and inquisitive expressions were made for the camera. He had that spark of life. He was three years old and on an adventure. Amboul’s grandmother, sitting beside him, had no such glow. She knew what Amboul could not. He needed surgery, again. In his short life, he’d been through a series of mistakes and botched procedures, and his kidneys were failing.
Physicians for Peace developed its Burn Care Program to assist developing nations advance holistic burn care by providing education and training within burn units in partner countries.  Physicians for Peace specifically began its work in Costa Rica...
Hello from the burn care team on location in San Jose, Costa Rica. Today was our first day at the pediatric hospital. Dr Siri, the burn surgeon who is our host for this trip informed us that this hospital is the only pediatric specialty hospital in the entire country. In addition to being the only burn unit for the state, the hospital boasts the only tissue bank for the state that Dr. Siri helped start. He took us over to the tissue bank and explained the process.
We congratulate Dr Penny Bundoc on receiving yet another award for her outstanding work for people with disability in The Philippines.  DR. JOSEPHINE R. BUNDOC receives the Community Leadership award for her outstanding work with people with disability in the Philippines.
Train one to teach many. Support them in their journey to excellence. Empower them to continue on and pay it forward. Medical missions are an incredible way to share ideas and improve practices for everyone involved. Today my colleague Sue and I presented on burn injury patterns and nutrition. The discussion then evolved to discuss seasonal burn injuries, common burn injuries and practices.
Carlos Luis Jiménez Pena (center left) and Jose Casado (center right) of the Asociación Dominicana Rehabilitación in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic began the University Don Bosco distance learning program for Prosthetic and Orthotic (P&O) certification...
Physicians for Peace (PFP) originally began its work at Hospital Nacional de Niños Benjamin Bloom (Hospital Bloom), in El Salvador in 2007.  Dr.
On day two of our mission we were able to see how our Gifts in Kind program really makes a difference in the Walking Free Program especially for the patients treated by our trainees. First, we were able to see the inventory of donated prosthetic components ...
Last night, President and CEO, Ron Sconyers and Laurie Harrison appeared live on WCTV (channel 48) to share with Hampton Roads the global health needs addressed by Physicians for Peace and how you can support the work while having fun at our  annual gala on October 27th. Watch and share. 
Today we went to Mwandama to see the village and the clinics first hand. First, we visited the new clinic in the Milenium Village.  They treat all types of diseases, and also have 4 beds in the labor and delivery area. The lack of equipment and supplies was startling...
After a typical El Salvadorian breakfast, Sarah and I hit the ground running! We attended the burn unit doctor rounds at 7AM with two physiotherapists. The burn unit team was excited to see therapy staff at rounds and we identified the need for six splints.
I traveled with International Medical Educators to the Dominican Republic to watch our mission of capacity building at work. It was amazing to see our team come together in a mix of language and ideas to set the pace for gait training. 
Dr. Lourdes Santiso, Plastic Surgeon from Guatemala and I arrived yesterday to Bogotá, ready to be part of the VII International Burn Care Congress hosted by Fundación del Quemado.   On our first day, we were welcomed by Dr. Linda Guerrero, President of Fundación del Quemado.  Along with some of the other lecturers participating in the Burn Care Congress, we had the opportunity to visit the Simon Bolivar Hospital where we met Dr. Patricia Gutierrez - Burn Unit Director - and her team of health professionals.
One of the greatest problems in Colombia is the lack of preventive burn campaigns. In the United States, children are taught at an early age the dangers of fire and electrical burns.
Dr. Santiso presented two lectures today: "Integral Management of the Burn Pediatric Patient", and "Morbidity and Mortality of Pediatric Patients with Acute and Critical Burns".
PHYSICIANS FOR PEACE Burn Care Volunteers and Total Wine & More are teaming up for a Wine/Beer Tasting Event.      REGISTER TODAY SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14TH  TOTAL WINE & MORE - 741 FIRST COLONIAL ROAD, VIRGINIA BEACH