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Empowering Women to help Women in the 3rd World

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With perhaps the most significant element of empowerment being to help someone help themselves, and with gender issues being so alarming in numerous 3rd world environments, I would like to challenge female physicians to join us in empowering female medical personnel in mobile telemedicine clinics in the third world. They can do this without ever leaving home. Let me explain.

As you may know, telemedicine enables physicians from thousands of miles away (or across town) to see, speak to and diagnose many medical conditions in patients who visit a telemedicine clinic. HELP has an international reputation and history of implementing such clinics in some of the remotest regions on earth.

Imagine female nurses, physicians or even clinic volunteers being assisted with the help of physicians around the globe and meeting the medical needs of people in their communities. Women with this type of technical support could quickly make significant strides toward being viewed as a much more significant asset to their community, especially if the telemedicine clinic required "only" female personnel.

As - in many locations today - women are brutalized by men, obtaining medical assistance from other women is obviously more effective and well-received. If those same women are empowered with advanced technical capabilities, their service to the entire community could change. Engaging female physicians in the developed world to assist with this just makes the empowerment come full circle.

Obviously there are many variables involved depending on location and area challenges. I for one, think this could be very effective in some locations and might just be a bold enough idea to reach beyond some of the gender bias that is so prevalent in many societies today.

What do you think? It may seem like a simple idea, but some of the most powerful ideas are - at their root - quite simple.

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Corine Milano's picture

A simple idea maybe, but

A simple idea maybe, but you're right—powerful!

I'm curious, do you know of any organizations that are training women in the field? Or do you have any ideas of what steps can be taken to make this a reality?

Thank you for the pictures too—it's great to see pictures of the work you are doing!

Corine Milano, Assistant Editor

--"We will surely get to our destination if we join hands."
Aung San Suu Kyi --

disasterlogistics's picture

The Beauty of Telemedicine

Thanks Corine,

I am not familiar with anyone currently endeavoring to train women specifically. However other groups we know may no doubt want to assist with this. One of numerous significant benefits to telemedicine is it's capabilities in "Tele-Mentoring." I believe there are some very significant numbers of groups and individuals that would be more than willing to help with "Virtual Training" for these clinics.

First, let me say that I am not an MD. I am a disaster management and humanitarian relief specialist and consultant. I have basic first aid training. I am quite often working in the midst of some very horrific disaster scenes.

However in numerous disasters when facilities and medical personnel are overwhelmed (or non-existent) people in my line of work are often left responding as best they can to casualties around them that - if left un-addressed by the relief worker - would otherwise certainly perish or significantly suffer.

My point is this: Having many specilists and medical facilities watching over the shoulder of the field personnel makes a big difference. This is not only in emergency trauma situations but also in providing mentoring to the people charged with providing emergency and ongoing medical care.

There would certainly be a need for field training personnel (perhaps on a rotating basis in specific regions) but I believe clinic/nurse schools could be operationally effective in a fairly short time.

Again partners on this end of the connection are available. I believe there are also some significant partners available of the international field level as well.

Randy Roberson
H.E.L.P.
Specializing in Mobile Medical Clinics/telemedicine/Water Purification
(928) 595-1127

www.telehelp.org
www.disasterlogistics.org

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