Project #949

1000 doctors free 3rd world from charity reliance

by Global Medic Force

In a truly historic initiative, Global Medic Force has partnered with the Long Life Clinics (Vietnam) and Long Life Clinics (China) to create an online Continuing Medical Education (CME) platform to serve all of the healthcare workers in Vietnam and China.

This online CME service will be provided completely for free to all healthcare workers in Vietnam and China and will therefore impact on their combined population base of 1,427,189,726 people.

While this national CME initiative in no way replaces the invaluable effect of the Global Medic Force clinical mentor volunteers actually putting their “boots on the ground”, it will allow clinical mentor volunteers even more scope to transfer their medical human capital directly to their colleagues in the emerging world.

The medical human capital value of Global Medic Force’s volunteer cadre is currently valued at +$5 Billion.

By combining a free national CME platform to all healthcare workers in Vietnam and China with dramatically increased operational volunteer deployments into both geographies, Global Medic Force will create a permanent national accelerated “multiplier effect” of medical excellence in all fields of primary healthcare.

CME subjects covered will be offered in Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin and English in areas of medicine that are most relevant to each specific region. Global Medic Force volunteer clinical mentors will be invited to become permanent contributors to the ongoing CME platform to fully utilize their respective fields of expertise.

Global Medic Force, the global leader in clinical skills rapid transfer to emerging nations, is gearing up for a major international recruitment drive for healthcare workers to deploy nationally throughout Vietnam. With over 1,000 volunteer healthcare workers from 15 Western nations, Global Medic Force has been operational in Vietnam for almost 10 years. Additionally Global Medic Force has unparallel credibility in terms of the real tangible results of its primary healthcare clinical mentoring programs in Vietnam, with the Founder and Chair of Global Medic Force, Dr Marie Charles receiving the National Medial of Honor from the President of Vietnam at the opening of the National Assembly in Hanoi in 2007, in recognition of the number of lives that Global Medic Force has saved in the country. Global Medic Force has implemented national healthcare programs in Vietnam on behalf of organizations such as The Vietnamese Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization, HEDO (Vietnam), and Harvard University. USAID audits of Global Medic Force clinic sites in Vietnam have declared them to be “National Centers of Excellence”. Indeed in a typical instance, patient numbers may go from zero, as in the case of one government clinic in Bin Than District in Ho Chi Minh City, to 1,600 patients, after Global Medic Force clinical mentors deployed to the site and mentored it for 8 months.

Your donations will help ensure that this new recruitment drive is successful in deploying healthcare workers throughout Vietnam.

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Although Vietnam’s HIV epidemic is still in a concentrated phase, it is one of the Asian countries with a rapidly growing HIV epidemic. The populations most at risk in Vietnam include injecting drug users (IDU), female sex workers (FSW), and men who have sex with men (MSM). While prevalence in the general population is estimated at less than 1%, it is much higher in specific groups, with an estimated 28% of IDUs, 4.4% of FSW and 9% of MSM being infected. Since 2002, Global Medic Force (previously ICEHA) has been implementing HIV and infectious diseases healthcare capacity building programs in the highland provinces in Vietnam that are populated by ethnic minorities and facing some of the highest rates of HIV in the country. The program is conducted in close collaboration with the Highland Education Development Organization (HEDO), an indigenous Vietnamese NGO. To date, more than 1000 healthcare providers have attended one of the 16 three-day seminars that have been held in 8 northern provinces of Vietnam. As a result of the training, the attitudes of healthcare providers regarding HIV infected patients have improved, prevention messages are being delivered to the population, the incidence of unsafe medical practices has decreased, and HIV care has been greatly enhanced. At the conclusion of the workshops, local physicians have remarked that they have been given “tools that they could apply in their clinics immediately- the next day – and how they are not scared of an AIDS patient any longer.” The government has requested this project to expand into 12 additional provinces, training 1,000-1,500 more healthcare workers and affecting the lives of millions living in these provinces. Please help us meet this goal by supporting this project – as you know, just $200 can train one health worker to provide healthcare for a population of 5,000 people.

Dr Marie Charles, Chair & CEO, will be speaking at the Vietnamese Military University of Medicine in Hanoi on March 6 2009 on clinic optimisation through rapid skill transfer by volunteer expert physicians and nurses. She will be providing an update on our ongoing important work in Vietnam, which will expanding throughout 2009.

AIDS Prevention Poster, HCMC, Vietnam
AIDS Prevention Poster, HCMC, Vietnam

The Ministry of Health in Vietnam has officially started a Methadone program for the country, which will provide Methadone Maintenance Therapy (MMT) as part of comprehensive care for drug users within the health services of six specific district locations. As part of this comprehensive treatment approach, other health services, including treatment for HIV/AIDS, will be available at these sites.

Family Health International (FHI) is one of the partner organizations contributing to the roll-out of this new program, and as part of this effort they have requested that ICEHA send clinical mentors to several of the new methadone sites as they start MMT for the first time.

Dr. Sarz Maxwell was ICEHA’s first clinical mentor to be sent to this program, and she provided hands-on coaching to local health providers at clinics in Ho Chi Minh City and Hai Phong in summer 2008.

In Dr. Maxwell’s first week in Vietnam, she commented that “upon arrival in Hai Phong, I traveled to one of the two sites where MMT is being started. There, I was honored to assist the doctor and his staff in assessing and determining an initial starting dose for the first 8 patients at this MMT clinic. Applause broke out when the first patient swallowed his first dose!”

By the end of her assignment in Vietnam, Dr. Maxwell found that “being able to assist Vietnam in the initiation of MMT has been a true pleasure and a great honor. The physicians are, for the most part, enthusiastic and motivated to make the project work. The initiation of MMT in Vietnam is worthy of great celebration. With a great deal more hard work, I truly believe that Vietnam can build a methadone treatment system that will be a model for the entire world. I am deeply grateful to ICEHA and FHI for providing me with this wonderful experience.”

For more information, read our issue of Reports from the Field highlighting this project:

Thank you again for your continuing support of ICEHA!!


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Global Medic Force

Location: New Hamburg, NY - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Katie Graves-Abe
Director of Operations
New York, NY United States

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