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Giving the Community the Power to Train Itself: Medical Education Materials for Yap Health Professionals

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Giving the Community the Power to Train Itself: Medical Education Materials for Yap Health Professionals

Problem
Yapese health professionals have been trying to increase opportunities for health education, however do not have the necessary teaching materials.

What we did to help
We realized that this was a special opportunity to promote a sustainable form of education- training of the community from within the community. We have been working with the Yap Area Health Education Center to provide needed medical text books and materials used to train the community’s health professionals. We feel fortunate to be able to help the community help itself.

Completed Project Grade: Pending Completion

Making Sustainable Health Improvements through Education: Training of Community Health Professionals

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Making Sustainable Health Improvements through Education: Training of Community Health Professionals

Problem
Continued education of health providers in Micronesia has been overlooked for a number of years. Recently, Micronesian health communities have made concerted efforts to improve retraining and education, but have been faced with limited resources.

What we did to help
In July 2005, at the request of the Yap Department of Health Services Director, we provided a course in “life support in obstetrics” to the Yap medical and midwifery staff. This course was provided in association with the Hawai’i Consortium for Continuing Medical Education, the Hawai’i Medical Association, and the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawai’i.

At the end of the course, an obstetrical training manikin and instructional posters for dealing with obstetrical emergencies were donated to the community. We hope these items will help lengthen the impact the course makes in the health of the community.

Some feed back we received
“I consider the Life Support in Obstetrics courses to have been a major accomplishment since it addressed one of the core recommendations (to provide resuscitation training) of the Yap State Hospital neonatal mortality task force because of an increase of neonatal deaths last year. This course which you so kindly provided, reached our entire medical and midwifery staff.” – Dr. A. Mark Durand, Director of Yap State Department of Health Services, October 6, 2005.

“This is a great course! It helps (especially in places where the specialist is not available) as managed in emergency obstetrics. Now we are prepared for such an emergency.” Ramon Vista, July 17, 2005

Completed Project Grade: 84%

Island Clean-Up

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Island Clean-Up

Description
Initiate an island clean-up with the community members aimed at improving the aesthetics, sanitation, pest and waste control on the islands. This will help to improve health by reducing the number of pest-carried diseases and infections due to poor sanitation. This project will also inspire pride in the beauty of the islands and help expand the tourist economy in the atoll.

Methods
Preparation in Hawai’i – Buy equipment unavailable in Micronesia (i.e. chainsaws, chipper, gardening tools). Consult with a solid waste expert for ideas on how best to address solid waste in the environment of Ulithi Atoll.

Project Action in Ulithi
With the island community’s input, we will identify clean-up areas on the four main islands. We will also attempt to eliminate all standing water on the small islands, reducing mosquito numbers. Finally, we will address each island’s solid waste issues with the help of the expert and community suggestions.

Maintenance in Ulithi
We will offer compensation to youth groups on each island for maintenance and upkeep of our work. Compensation will be in the form of scholarships, or amenities for the island such as sports equipment, boats, dive equipment, school books, etc. This will ensure that the impact of the initial clean-up is long-lasting. Compensations will also be given out to the island deemed to have been the best maintained over the past year. This may help to instill yet more pride within the islands.

Ciguatera Fish Poison Study

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Ciguatera Fish Poison Study

Problem
Ciguatera fish poisoning is a common problem throughout the oceans of the world. Unfortunately it is a disease with no real effective treatment, thus making prevention paramount. The best form of prevention is not eating fish that have the toxin, however this can be problematic when fish is the main protein source as it is on Ulithi Atoll

What we did to help
We added to the local knowledge of Ciguatera Fish poisoning through discussions and providing visual reading material to the people of Ulithi Atoll. In addition we surveyed the levels of ciguatera using test kits supplied by the Dr. Hokama from the University of Hawai’i. This information has been used to create a database that will help the people identify which fish types and locations of the atoll have the highest rates of ciguatera. This on going project will help the people of Ulithi Atoll prevent ciguatera fish poisoning in the future. To view the results of the project, please visit the Ciguatera Study Results (200k PDF).

Acrobat PDF format
The results are in the Acrobat PDF format. You will need to download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this file.

Completed Project Grade: 66%