Field Updates

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".
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. 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.
Dr. Nabil Gayed has settled into his new surroundings in Blantyre, Malawi and has wasted no time getting to work with the Surgical Intern Training Program (SITP) at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital.  Dr. Gayed is very excited to partake in the SITP...
From the Field: Manila, Philippines Written by: Korinne Chiu, PFP Staff  As a new staff member to Physicians for Peace, I had the opportunity to go on a Walking Free mission with a team of prosthetists and orthotists to the Philippines. My role on the PFP staff is to evaluate PFP’s programs to see what we do well, how we can improve, and how we can monitor our progress over time. I was eager to go on this site visit to gain firsthand experience of how the Walking Free Program is implemented in the Philippines.
Yousef, a 13 year old boy from Palestine, was severely burned on both his hands and legs by fire.  In Palestine, he received surgery for his burns and was then admitted to the burn unit at Rafedia Hospital where medical burn care protocols...
From the field: Blantyre, Malawi Written by: Innes Boland, Physicians for Peace Staff
Donate Today: Flood Recovery Efforts for Families in the Philippines
From the Field: Ramallah, West Bank Written by: Dr. Anas Note: A few weeks have already passed since our team of Michael, Jonathan and Dr. Mustafa were so warmly welcomed by the  Ayman, Mohannad and the other therapists at Rafidia Hospital. Michael and Jonathan were very impressed with the enthusiasm, the questions and the skills of the therapists during the workshop. With continued practice and patient/family support, they can truly change the outcomes and functionality of many of the burn patients at the Rafidia Hospital burn center. 
From the Field: Port au Prince, Haiti Written by: Kelly Andrews, Art Therapist
Produced by: Trey Schott, Jill Church and Dr. Waters From the Field: Guayaquil, Ecuador  Note: Physicians for Peace international medical educators, led by Dr. Jonathan Partington, a neurosurgeon from Virginia Beach, Va., sent a team to Ecuador to elevate skills and care at Luis Vernaza Hospital in Guayaquil. Here is their story in video
From the Field: West Bank Written by: Mary Kwasniewski, Staff
From the Field: Deschapelles, Haiti Recently as part of our on going relationship with Hôpital Albert Schweitzer we were able to procure and send a donation to them of 10 coolers – here is the resulting feedback and impact from that shipment. We picked up the coolers. One (attached photo) will now help us keep our reagents at an even temperature for the water lab we use to see if wells, water sources, etc. are contaminated with pathogens including cholera bacteria by using coliforms and e.coli as index markers. 
When I arrived to Port-au-Prince, Gale from Healing Hands for Haiti was kind of enough to arrange the driver to take me back to the airport and get my lost luggage. On Thursday, Patricia from Catholic Medical Mission Board...
From the Field: Manila, Philippines Written by: Kevin Carroll, MS, CP, FAAOP
From the Field: Port-au-Prince Haiti Written by: Amanda McCrowell
From the Field: Port Harcourt, Nigeria Written by: Stacy Lawton
From the Field: Elele, Nigeria Written by: Virginia Stone, RNC We completed our third day of Helping Babies Breathe training at a nearby village.  Today's two groups of trainees are all midwives who deliver babies. While listening to some of their stories, we identified several common birthing practices that need to be updated. We sensed that the midwives were agreeable to changing their methods to improve neonatal outcomes.
From the Field: Rivers State, Nigeria Written by: Brian Clark, Photographer
From the Field: Port-au-Prince, Haiti Written by: Amanda Clark

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