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Click to Help a Malawi Hospital Posted on: Tuesday, May 20, 2014

We have received a request from a group of Doctors in Spain who are trying to develop a program for teaching doctors at Mzuzu Central Hospital in Madrid. To make the project happen, they simply need people to vote for it. Please read the details below, and please use this link to vote. THERE ARE ONLY A FEW DAYS LEFT TO VOTE:

http://www.lanzanos.com/voluntariostelefonica/proyectos/teleformacion-medica-en-malawi-africa/

You need to register to vote, but that can be done in seconds through Facebook. (or a little longer if you aren’t on Facebook).

Please take a moment to support this, and please pass it on to others.



Hello,

I am Jorge Pamplona, I write you from London, but the project I want to talk about is going to take place between Spain and Malawi: that's the sheer essence of the internet!!

A group of Doctors at San Carlos Hospital in Madrid are trying to develop a program for teaching doctors at the Mzuzu Central Hospital in Malawi about ultrasound and radio diagnose.

Through crowdfunding, these doctors are trying to give assistance through the internet to doctors at the Mzuzu Central Hospital. The only thing they need is people to vote this project to come true. We need the people of Malawi to be aware of this and help with their voes for this great project.

Here is the link to vote


http://www.lanzanos.com/voluntariostelefonica/proyectos/teleformacion-medica-en-malawi-africa/

And here a translation for the project in case you find it suitable for publishing.

Ultrasound is a diagnostic technique safe , inexpensive and easy to install that, along with the possibility of using portable devices , making it the technique of choice for imaging in developing countries. However, countries like Malawi, lack of qualified medical professionals for training in ultrasound resulting in under-utilization of this technique and a high percentage of erroneous and delayed diagnoses . A medical staff receive appropriate training , ultrasound can be performed early diagnosis that can save many lives.

We believe that training and education are fundamental to the development of a country basis . Given the difficulty of access to health education in Malawi , especially in imaging , since 2009 , medical radiologists Radiology Department of the Hospital Clinico San Carlos ( HCSC ) together with Africa Direct (FAD ) Foundation have organized and trained in ultrasound field in three hospitals in northern Malawi: Atupele Community Hospital ( a rural hospital in the district of Karonga built by FAD ) in Karonga district hospital and Mzuzu Central hospital ( MCH) . From this experience and in order to carry out continuous training in time, the idea of establishing an innovative platform for Tele Madrid between HCSC and MCH is the referral hospital in northern Malawi is born , laying the groundwork International Meeting of Health Professional .

The project aims Teletraining general objectives:

1. Provide a qualified ultrasound training health professionals and thus increase the rationalization of available resources based on the MCH program planning Teletraining with HCSC coordinated by the FAD.

2. Obtain satisfaction and positive assessment of trainer ( HCSC ) and students involved in the project ( MCH) for the similarity of a training site for quality and perception.

3. Increase health outcomes of Radiology MCH and give visibility to the results achieved by the project in collaboration with the FAD.


Achieving these goals will ultimately provide positioning of the project and enable the sustainable development of the same in time in terms of:

- The creation of a collaborative environment , efficient, cost - effective and stimulating work that will expand the training model to other medical specialties ( Orthopedics, Dermatology, etc. )

- The establishment of a framework for future collaboration between HCSC and MCH to develop a draft teleconsultation complex clinical cases.

- The extension of the project to other regions both in terms of training and care ( teleconsultation ) . This collaboration will be key sense of FAD with other countries in the region in health issues .


It will be divided into four consecutive phases of work that integrate a multidisciplinary team of HCSC , MCH and FAD :

• Phase 1. Teletraining Program definition in ultrasound. Already done by detecting the main training needs in radiology, therefore experience in imparting training in the field by radiólgos HCSC as by health professionals in northern Malawi .

• Phase 2 . Development of a computing platform to support the Tele in ultrasound. Since it started it has recently been installed on the device Tele HCSC and is installing an Internet bandwidth of 1MB in the Department of Radiology at the MCH .

• Phase 3 . Implementation and pilot solution Tele .

• Phase 4 . Maintenance and evolution of the Platform for Tele that will measure evaluation indicators included in the project and weigh sustainable open platform to other medical areas and / or other geographical areas of Africa.

The implementation of this project will also have the following indirect benefits:

He may avoid commuting long distances to health professionals (hundreds of kms) to impart training sessions , which will result in the intensity and quality of the training , from training to travel to face regular training sessions and more efficient.

He will provide cost savings in terms of rationalization of human resources and infrastructure of the organization.

He will not only health education but also health teleconsultation , providing the appropriate health professionals for diagnosis and treatment possibilities .

He adaptation platform in multiple environments can be useful not only for remote training of health professionals in the area of radiology but also in other clinical areas of Mzuzu Central Hospital allowed.

I hope you find this information interesting. Thanks a lot for your help.

For more information, please contact the Central Mzuzu Hospital or write me back. We have only one week left for votes and we are among the 20 best projects. The people at Mzuzu deserve this.

Best regards,

Jorge Pamplona.

 




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