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Building Health Care Capacity: Training Community Health Assistants

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Building Health Care Capacity: Training Community Health Assistants

Problem
Because of their scattered geography, the Outer islands of Yap have inherent difficulties in accessing health care. To deliver health to these isolated communities, the Yap State Health Department created a system of community health dispensaries. Each dispensary is operated by a member of the community trained in basic health care. Unfortunately, these health providers have very few opportunities to get additional training to better serve their community.

What we did to help
In the summer of 2005, we collaborated with the Yap Area Health Education Center (Yap AHEC) to offer on-site instructors to train these community health workers. The instructors selected were two Yapese physicians previously noted for their exceptional teaching skills. We felt it was essential to use qualified individuals from the Yap Community as this would help build the community’s capacity to educate itself in the future.

The courses to be provided include:
1) Review of Health Sciences
2) Health Problems in Adults
3) Introduction to Life, Society and Health
4) Maternal and Child Health I
5) Maternal and Child Health II
6) Health Problems in Children

By completing these courses the community health workers will be able to obtain a certificate degree as Health Assistants from the College of Micronesia and, more importantly, better serve their communities.

Completed Project Grade: 92%

Reading Towards Better Health: Books for Ulithi Library

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Reading Towards Better Health: Books for Ulithi Library

Problem
Although provided text books for school, the students of in the Outer Islands of Yap have few other reading materials.

What we did to help
In November 2004, we donated approximately 150 books to the Ulithi Outer Islands High School library. The books were donated by Mr. & Mrs. William Powell of Honolulu, Hawai’i. These books have been used not only by students, but the entire community of Ulithi. We feel that education is an essential component to the overall health of a community. We hope that improving the Outer Islands High School Library we have provided lasting improvements in education.

Completed Project Grade: 72%

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%