training of health volunteers
Since Myanmar's coup, the activities of MedAcross have continued with the limitations demanded by the government that require checkpoints between towns and villages and a restriction on meetings with more than 10 people.
These limitations are particularly difficult for the patients living in the isolated villages of Kawthaung, where it is challenging to access in medications. For several months, it was not possible to reach patients with the Mobile Clinic. In order to continue to provide health care to those who remained isolated, we thought of a solution that we had in mind for some time: telemedicine applied to the Mobile Clinic.
The medical staff of MedAcross has activated specific training for some particularly capable volunteers living in remote villages. They were trained on how to take the vital signs of patients suffering from chronic diseases, as well as the management of common diseases that do not require specific medical prescriptions (e.g. common articular pains, headaches and stomach aches). Volunteers have become a point of reference for their villages, especially when the Mobile Clinic cannot reach them. They report patients' vital signs to our staff by phone, creating long-distance consultations followed by the delivery of free medicines.
MedAcross has been planning for some time to train communities to improve health conditions from the inside with villagers. The pandemic and the Burmese crisis have accelerated this process, aiming to make communities more resilient and active in terms of their health condition.
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