Health
 Taiwan
Project #12976

Give burn survivors access to rehabilitation

by Sunshine Social Welfare Foundation
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Translators make international trainings possible
Translators make international trainings possible

Sunshine Foundation is getting ready to return to Nicaragua at the end of September to begin another cycle of training for burn therapists in the Latin American region, this time focusing on hand rehabilitation. As we are preparing the training material, we would like to acknowledge the contribution of a group of people who are often taken for granted – the translators.

When Sunshine Foundation organizes capacity building projects or training courses to enhance burn rehabilitation capacities of professionals in other countries, there is always one obstacle to overcome: the language barrier. Indeed, in order to achieve the best training impact, apart from requiring highly skilled and knowledgeable trainers, participants also have to be able to fully and correctly understand what they are being taught. And although English is often considered a universal language, it cannot be taken as a given that everyone can speak or understand English perfectly. Sometimes, translation in local language such as Spanish or Tamil is necessary to ensure that training is a success.

The unsung heroes of our projects are the translators that help out before the training to translate course material and during the training to carry out consecutive translation. Because most of the translators we work with obviously do not have prior experience with burn rehabilitation, the amount of preparation work they need to do before every training is tremendous just to familiarize themselves with specific terms or concepts. During trainings, they must also be prepared to deal with a variety of situations and sudden demands or changes to the program. They are our voice and they also help mediate cultural differences.

Without them, capacity building projects would not be successful. Sometimes, projects like the one we have in Nicaragua would not even be possible without someone to carry out Spanish consecutive translation. Whether they’re standing in the background translating documents or they’re standing in the spotlight translating alongside the trainers, translators are crucial players in all our projects, which are made possible by the efforts, contribution and support of many people: trainers, participants and donors like you. Together as a group, we can improve rehabilitation for burn survivors.

 

Familiarizing themselves with technical terms
Familiarizing themselves with technical terms
Addressing sudden demands like media interviews
Addressing sudden demands like media interviews

Andrea is a curious 3-year old little girl who likes to play with bright, colorful toys. One day, her parents were burning garbage in their backyard. Andrea had seen her mother use a stick before to poke the burning garbage and tried doing the same. Among the garbage, a shiny piece of blue plastic caught her attention and she reached out her hand to grab it. The hot plastic left deep second and third degree burns on her hand...

Small children have a tendency to explore their environment by touching or grabbing things with their hands. That’s how they learn about the world, grow and develop. Unfortunately, for many children in Central America, this kind of exploration is fraught with danger. Indeed, children under 5 years old account for 70% of burns in the region and hand burns are a leading cause of injury. Whether it is a scald or a contact burn, the injury requires special attention in order to preserve and restore full hand function. Otherwise, limited hand function can delay or impair the development of the child and severely restrict his ability to carry out activities of daily living independently or his ability to play. That is why Sunshine is launching with its local partner APROQUEN a new training program in Latin America that will focus on hand rehabilitation.

Initiated in 2011, Sunshine and APROQUEN’s partnership aims to carry out trainings to build the skills of local burn therapists. The first training program from 2011 to 2014 focused on teaching pressure garment production skills to therapists and seamstresses from five Central America countries. Now, this new two-year program will focus specifically on the rehabilitation management of the burned hand. Through a combination of theoretical lectures, case study presentations, demonstration with patients and practice, therapists from five Central American countries and two South American countries (1) will learn about common problems and complications of the burned hand – their causes, as well as preventive and corrective methods; principles for the evaluation of the burned hand and development of a therapeutic intervention; as well as fabrication and application of splints. Through this training, it is hoped that therapists will have the knowledge and skills necessary to provide the best care possible, allowing children like little Andrea to regain full hand function.

Sunshine’s team of experienced therapists is looking forward to returning to Nicaragua and share with our Latin America counterparts. Your support over the years has been crucial in allowing us to carry out capacity building programs in Central America and India, and each of your donations is a step toward improving rehabilitation services for burn survivors in these regions. We now invite you to make your donation achieve an even greater impact by participating in GlobalGiving’s Bonus Day. Starting on June 15 at 9:00am US Eastern time (June 15 at 21:00 Taiwan time), GlobalGiving will be matching gifts made to Sunshine Foundation.

Support Sunshine’s efforts to give burn survivors in Taiwan access to rehabilitation:
https://goto.gg/12976

When does Bonus Day take place?:
US Eastern Time: June 15 at 9:00am to June 15 at 11:59pm or until funds run out.
Taiwan time: June 15 at 9:00pm to June 16 at 11:59am

How will GlobalGiving be matching funds?:
A total of US$110,000 is available as matching funds.
Sunshine will be eligible to receive a 50% match on online donations.

What is the maximum amount for a single donation that is eligible to be matched?:
Online donations of up to $1,000 per individual donor per organization are eligible to be matched.

How can I donate?:
Only online donations made by credit card, PayPal, or a GlobalGiving official gift card are eligible for matching. Donations made by check or text-to-give are not eligible.

(1) Participating countries include Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Salvador, Colombia and Peru.

Thank you for making us a top-ranked organization!
Thank you for making us a top-ranked organization!

Since 2011, the efforts of Sunshine Foundation to bring rehabilitation to burn survivors in low and middle income countries have focused on building the skills and capacities of professionals like therapists and social workers, either through trainings held in their own country, or through internships held at Sunshine Foundation in Taiwan.

In 2015, we were able to continue our capacity building project in Chennai, India, where we support through training and technical assistance the establishment of a rehabilitation facility and services for women burn survivors. We were also able to co-organize a week-long training in Bangladesh with Interburns and other local partners for therapists from South East Asian countries.

These capacity building projects would not have been possible without your support and thanks to you, Sunshine Foundation was in the top 20% ranking of partners on GlobalGiving in 2015. Your donations not only keep us going, but also bring attention to our work and in the process, help raise awareness about the needs of burn survivors worldwide.

Now you can make your donation to Sunshine Foundation achieve an even bigger impact during GlobalGiving’s Bonus Day. Starting on March 16 at 9:00am US Eastern time (March 16 at 21:00 Taiwan time), GlobalGiving will be matching gifts made to Sunshine Foundation.

Support Sunshine’s efforts to give burn survivors access to rehabilitation worldwide: https://goto.gg/12976

When does Bonus Day take place?:

  • US Eastern Time: March 16 at 9:00am to March 16 at 11:59pm

How will GlobalGiving be matching funds?:

  • A total of US$75,000 is available as matching funds.
  • GlobalGiving will use the Pro-Rated percent, which is based on the total amount of funds raised on Bonus Day, the amount Sunshine Foundation has raised, and the amount of matching funds that are available.
  • Here is the formula: (amount of funds raised by Sunshine Foundation/amount of total funds raised on Bonus Day) x $75,000 = matching funds received by Sunshine Foundation.
  • This means that the more donations Sunshine receives, the bigger the amount in matching fund it can receive.

What is the maximum amount for a single donation that is eligible to be matched?:

  • Online donations of up to $1,000 per individual donor per organization are eligible to be matched.

How can I donate?:

  • Only online donations made by credit card, PayPal, or a GlobalGiving official gift card are eligible for matching. Donations made by check or text-to-give are not eligible.

 

Award ceremony for PCVC staff
Award ceremony for PCVC staff

Helping burn rehabilitation specialists in India 9

Sunshine Foundation initiated a three-year cooperation project in 2013 in Chennai, India to help a local organization set up a Care Center for women burn survivors. By training their staff in Chennai and holding internships for them in Taiwan, we are helping this local organization address an unmet need: provide comprehensive physical and psychosocial rehabilitation services for women burn survivors after hospital discharge.

In April 2013, Sunshine Foundation launched a capacity building cooperation project in India. Over a three-year period, Sunshine has provided technical support to International Foundation for Crime Prevention and Victim Care (PCVC), a Chennai-based NGO working in the field of victim care and prevention of gender violence, for the establishment of a Recovery and Healing Center for women burn survivors. 

Between November 23 and December 9 2015, the CEO of Sunshine Ms. Ching-Hsien SHU and a team of specialists from the foundation carried out a site visit in Chennai to assess the impact of the project, as well as organize a graduation ceremony to recognize the efforts of the PCVC staff over the last three years. Indeed, PCVC’s Recovery and Healing Center is one of a kind by offering to over 500 women burn survivors in and around Chennai access to comprehensive physical and psychosocial rehabilitation services following hospital discharge.

The staff of PCVC, who are all women themselves, had to face many challenges to achieve this impact. They work with women burn survivors who mostly come from a complex disadvantaged socio-economic background, and the staff must deal on a daily basis with a variety of problems and issues: reaching clients in remote areas, gaps between rural and urban environment, lack of medical resources, clients’ recurring medical or financial problems, etc. But the biggest challenge comes from how society traditionally undervalues women and girls, how domestic violence against women is seen as a given, and how women burn survivors have internalized this, thus affecting their ability and willingness to seek help. PCVC is not only healing burn wounds, it is also helping women burn survivors see their self-worth.

With the technical support of Sunshine, PCVC has put in place a comprehensive service system to help women burn survivors have access to individualized physical rehabilitation, wound care, psychological counseling and social reintegration services. In the process, PCVC staff helps these women rebuild confidence and empower them to face their future. The award ceremony aimed to recognize the role of the women working at PCVC as leaders, caregivers, healers, nurturers, trailblazers and role-models.

The CEO and founder of PCVC Dr. Prasanna Gettu explained that although the three-year project has ended, she hopes the partnership with Sunshine will continue in order to further strengthen and expand the Center’s services. The CEO of Sunshine Ms. Ching-Hsien SHU has said that within a short three-year period, the Center has become a place where women burn survivors can concentrate on regaining their health and rebuilding their lives, all while progressively reintegrating the community. Sunshine is looking forward to continue working with the PCVC team by sharing experience in building community-based burn rehabilitation services.

Your support over the last three years has ensured the success of this project. We hope that you will continue to support us as we continue to work with our local partner to improve the lives of Indian women burn survivors.

Examining hands
Examining hands

Helping burn rehabilitation specialists in India 8

Sunshine Foundation initiated a three-year cooperation project in 2013 in Chennai, India to help a local organization set up a Care Center for women burn survivors. By training their staff in Chennai and holding internships for them in Taiwan, we are helping this local organization address an unmet need: provide comprehensive physical and psychosocial rehabilitation services for women burn survivors after hospital discharge.

From November 23 to December 5, 2015, the Sunshine team visited its partner in Chennai, the International Foundation for Crime Prevention and Victim Care (PCVC), to assess the impact of the professional training and technical support given in 2015. During this two-week visit, Karen HSIAO, Supervisor and Head of the Rehabilitation Team of Sunshine’s Taipei Rehabilitation Center, spent time with PCVC’s therapist to specifically work on improving hand rehabilitation skills.

For a burn survivor, regaining the use of hands is about regaining the ability to live independently and not have to rely on anyone to eat, shower, work, etc. During this site visit, Sunshine saw quite a few cases of burned hands which, if left unaddressed, would severely compromise the ability of these women burn survivors to care for one’s children and return to their normal life. That is why Karen particularly focused on helping PCVC’s physiotherapist Suba get a better handle on hand rehabilitation.

During two weeks, Karen worked with Suba, explaining how to examine hand functions, recommending appropriate exercises, but most importantly, teaching how to make splints, which can help prevent or correct deformities. This was the first time that Suba made splints, starting with a simple finger gutter, and moving on to more complex splint models. Although she found it difficult at first, Suba is confident that with practice, she will be able to improve her splint-making skills.

One of the women for which splints were made is S.* Due to a severe burn, she is totally unbale to use her left hand. After demonstrating how to gently massage the hand and do stretch exercises, as well as carry out desensitization exercises to reduce hypersensitivity of the hand, Karen also recommended a splint regimen for S which included wearing a finger gutter to maintain fingers in the correct position and using a dynamic splint to achieve joint flexion. Karen then proceeded to demonstrate the fabrication process to Suba, allowing her to practice at the same time. S was very happy to receive her splints, which bring her closer to regaining hand function, and Suba was quite please with her first splint-making attempt.

Combined with the right knowledge, application of these simple rehabilitation techniques can make a huge difference in these women's lives: the difference between being dependent on others for every aspect of their daily living, or being able to totally rely on oneself and live a normal life. Every time you support our project on GlobalGiving, you bring women burn survivors closer to fulfilling their rehabilitation goals!

* Name witheld to preserve identity of client.

Explaining how to correct deformity
Explaining how to correct deformity
Learning how to draw a splint pattern
Learning how to draw a splint pattern
Practicing making splints
Practicing making splints
The final product
The final product
 

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Sunshine Social Welfare Foundation

Location: Taipei City - Taiwan
Website: http:/​/​www.sunshine.org.tw/​english/​
Project Leader:
Marie-Claude Pelchat
Taipei City, Taiwan

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