This program is a huge endeavor that requires the coalition of multiple organizations. It is for
this reason that Worldwide Healing Hands is excited to announce its partnership with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the State University of New York (SUNY)Upstate Medical University. Together, they have developed a curriculum to improve health for women and infants in Sierra Leone. SUNY Upstate Medical University will assist with equipment procurement, sending volunteer professors from SUNY Upstate Medical University to assist with teaching medical students and resident physicians, as well as developing remote access so that students and clinicians in Sierra Leone will be able to attend teaching conferences sponsored by the University in New York.
This is a one-year training program that will enroll new medical school graduates from the University of Sierra Leone who have a special interest in women’s health care. The program will be time-based and advance the physicians through basic patho-physiology, basic surgical skills, and recognition and treatment of common obstetrics issues. Upon the completion of the one-year internship, the physicians will be able to perform a cesarean section, a dilation and curettage of the uterus, basic obstetrical ultrasound evaluation of the fetus and mother and other life-saving skills.
The graduates of this program will also be qualified to become educators and mentors for other physicians and midwives in Sierra Leone. The program ultimately hopes to increase access to high quality services for women and reduce the heath, social, and economic burden of serious perinatal morbidity and mortality on the families of Sierra Leone.
by Meghan McCurry