Health Care Provider Education

Education for Local Health Care Providers

PHH has a goal to set up clinics and have medical providers & teachers from the US and our partner countries train local clinic staff. Currently local health care workers are paired with US providers in clinics. This interaction allows providers from the US to learn about indigenous diseases, needs and health care practices and allows team members from the US to provide one-on-one education to local health care providers in advanced patient assessment and care skills. The incorporation of local health care workers in the temporary clinics also assures follow-up of patients after medical teams leave to assure continuity of care.

Village Providers' Seminars

Since 2003 each Project Helping Hands (PHH) team has provided a seminar for village health care providers in Bolivia so these providers can be better prepared to care for their communities. Educational materials are also being translated into multiple languages and cultures so these seminars can be presented in other countries served by Project Helping Hands’ medical teams.

Currently both Bolivian and American providers teach and subjects include topics such as Respiratory Diseases, Diarrhea and Dehydration, Infectious Diseases, Vector Transmission, Medications, Domestic Abuse, and the Sick Child. All members serving on the PHH medical teams also participate in these seminars.

The afternoon includes stations with hands-on activities such as mixing re-hydration fluid (water, sugar, and salt), the Heimlich maneuver, Body Mechanics, Splinting, Dental Care, and Bandaging/ Controlling Bleeding. Each village representative receives a copy of “Where There is No Doctor,” a book that covers many medical topics and treatments specifically for areas that lack professional health care facilities and resources.

Numbers for the seminar usually range from 70-100 participants. It is exciting to know that Project Helping Hands is contributing to the knowledge of these health care providers each year. They are hungry for information, take copious notes, and ask pertinent questions.