International Journal Club | 2019
One Good Turn is in the process of creating an International Journal Club that will be hosted on platforms that are accessible to medical professionals in developing countries. While many professional journal clubs are shared through online databases and/or email newsletters, these are often inaccessible for many community health workers and rural medical professionals. In order to increase accessibility, we will be using WhatsApp and Facebook to host our journal club. Articles will focus on treatment and identification of common ailments in neglected communities. We currently have participants based in Jordan, Cambodia, Mexico, Kenya, Nicaragua, the US, and other countries.
Kenya | Fall 2019
In 2018, we implemented our Project Manager program in Mathare, Nairobi as a follow up to our 2017 trip where we provided medical exams, treatment, staff training, and a community-wide de-worming program for over 1,200 people through the Change a Life Ministry school. Through our Project Manager program, we compiled medical records and conducted follow up care in collaboration with the school's medical officer. We will return to Mathare in October 2019 with the help of Change a Life Ministry and the World Dream Foundation to provide more medical education to schools and local community health workers.
Cambodia | Summer 2019
One Good Turn will return to Cambodia for a third time this summer following two initial trips in 2018. OGT will be collaborating with the University of Puthisastra and other contacts in Cambodia to provide medical education/training at 3-5 rural clinics in the Koh Ker region. Our Cambodia-based Project Manager conducted needs assessments of several clinics in March. Following the needs assessments, OGT will travel to Koh Ker to provide medical education and clinic services to the clinics there, as well as deliver necessary supplies and medicines. OGT will also provide training in the World Health Organization / American Academy of Pediatrics Helping Babies Survive suite of programs (including Essential Care for Every Baby, Essential Care for Small Babies, and Improving Care of Mothers & Babies). We hope to involve the UP medical students in training Community Health Workers in Koh Ker in order to build a sustainable educational bridge between the medical school and the rural clinics.
Ongoing Education & New Certifications | 2019
Dr. Messer attended a multi-day training and certification course for the World Health Organization / American Academy of Pediatrics sponsored Helping Babies Survive suite of programs (including Essential Care for Every Baby, Essential Care for Small Babies, and Improving Care of Mothers & Babies). Dr. Messer is now a Jhpiego master trainer and a master trainer for Helping Babies Survive. Dr. Messer will also be attending the World Health Organization / American Academy of Pediatrics sponsored Helping Babies Breathe training in Houston in June 2019.
Ongoing: Albendazole/Vitamin A Certification Course
Using the standards set by the World Health Organization, One Good Turn is developing an educational program about deworming medication and critical nutrient supplements. The course is designed specifically for community healthcare workers. After taking the course and passing the evaluation, volunteers will be equipped to provide these essential services.