From the Field: Manila, Philippines
Written by: Kevin Carroll, MS, CP, FAAOP
Note: Over the Fourth of July holiday, Physician's For Peace (PFP) and the Hanger Ivan R. Sabel Foundation teamed up for a mission to the Philippines as part of PFP’s Walking Free Program. The team included Hanger Clinic’s Kevin Carroll, Chad Simpson, and Michael Carroll, and a PFP group consisting of Mary Kwasniewski, Korrine Chiu, and Innes Boland. During their time in the Philippines, the group saw patients, and educated medical professionals including prosthetic technicians, prosthetists, physicians, and physical therapists.
For the third time, Physicians for Peace and their partners in the Philippines have put on a three-day course on rehabilitation in conjunction with July’s designation as “Disability Month”. This year, Kevin, Chad, and Michael had the privilege of serving as keynote speakers on the opening day. Kevin and Chad presented on the prosthetic management of congenital limb issues, working with amputee athletes, and the management of the multiple limb amputee, and Michael presented on WalkAide. The presentations were very well received. The local television stations attended and reported on the new technologies, and took special interest in the WalkAide.
The work the team carried out at the amputee clinics was greatly enhanced by the local technicians and prosthetists who also have ties to Hanger. The local team was trained in part by Bellevue, Washington-based Hanger Clinic prosthetist David Kelly. The first technician at the Manila-based clinic was flown to the U.S. by Physicians for Peace to receive training provided by Hanger through the Newington Certificate Program. While taking part in the program, the technician spent significant time participating in onsite training at the Newington Fabrication Facility, and also conducted onsite training at the Hartford, Connecticut-based Hanger Clinic within the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. The staff is doing great work and has been providing exceptional care to their patients.
PFP has a number of outreach clinics outside Manila that serve the poorest of the poor. These people live in shanti towns and have nothing; they very much appreciate the care that is provided to them. They sent their thanks to all the Hanger Clinic locations that have collected pre-owned components to send to them. Without these components there would be literally thousands of people going without limbs.
PFP has a great team of leaders on the ground in the Philippines – the team is headed by Josephine “Penny” Bundoc, MD. She does great work and will hopefully be up for a CNN Hero's Award soon.
PFP and the Hanger Ivan R. Sabel Foundation continue to partner together to do great work in developing countries; we are proud of this partnership along with our accomplishments.