Physicians for Peace Foundation Overview
Programs: For 20 years, PFP volunteers have assisted about 100,000 patients and health care professionals in developing countries. Academic Centers of Global Health enable faculty and medical students at US universities to participate with PFP to assist developing countries to receive medical training. The expertise in medical curriculum at these universities would be paired with PFP?s experience and partnerships in developing countries. Universities participating include Columbia,Virginia,George Washington, Old Dominion,and Eastern Virginia Medical School. A program in the Dominican Republic involving young women is the ?Resource Mothers? program.With the high mortality rates,a hospital requested this program for young women from poor barrios.Each woman is paired with an experienced mother, a ?Resource Mother,? who educates them, arranges pre-natal visits, navigates the hospital, attends the delivery, and continues to mentor the new mother throughout the first year of the child?s life. Children in Central America experience a high number of serious burns.These burns caused hospitals in Nicaragua and Guatemala to request volunteers from PFP to carry out multi-year training for a rehabilitation program.This program emphasizes burn compression garments,masks,and splints for treatment rather than burn reconstructive surgery due to the shortage of surgeons. As a result of PFP?s periodic training sessions and supplies,Nicaragua has been able to treat 1,900 patients in the past 4 years and Guatemala has treated 800 patients in 3 years.The burn rehabilitation program is underway in Honduras,the Dominican Republic,and the West Bank. In Turkey, PFP initiated a rehabilitation program for amputees.This training program enables health professionals to fit,cast,and manufacture a prosthetic with donated supplies.PFP also collects donated prosthetics and re-manufacturers them to donate to its partners.The Philippines, Haiti,the Dominican Republic,Guatemala,and Iraq participate in this program. Patients receive prosthetics generated by the training.International and local Rotary Clubs have provided grants for these programs. With a cadre of specialists,PFP also offers continuing medical education in cardiology, pediatrics,ophthalmology,pediatric urology,neurosurgery,obstetrics and gynecology,and reproductive health.