The new voluntary cooperation program takes off

Posted on 24 May 2016

Categories: Health, Optométristes Sans Frontières

Interventions in the field have begun for the voluntary cooperation program led by Terre Sans Frontières (TSF) in collaboration with Global Affairs Canada (formerly the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, or DFATD).

The program, which aims to strengthen the organizational capacity of field partners working in the area of health, benefits from the front-line involvement of Dentistes Sans Frontières (DSF), Optométristes sans Frontières (OSF) and Homéopathes de Terre Sans Frontières (HTSF).
DSF began its work in Tanzania by finalizing the establishment of two dental clinics: one at the Usangi hospital and the other at the Manga hospital. Both resident dentists received training on how to use the equipment, in particular the X-ray machines.
In Bolivia, DSF carried out two missions to give some 10 dentists peer-to-peer training on dental hygiene and care, in particular for children.

For their part, OSF volunteers went to the Usangi hospital in Tanzania, to open an optometry clinic and set up an eyeglasses lab. Two local optometrists received training on how to use the equipment, including the machines used to cut the lenses and analyze their strength. The trained optometrists will have something to work with, as 10,000 pairs of glasses have been sent to them.
HTSF has carried out a first mission in Honduras, a country where they have been active for around 10 years. The purpose of the mission was to set the groundwork for a lasting collaboration. Six training sessions on front-line homeopathic care made it possible to equip 178 people (community leaders, health promoters, volunteers and others), and the first of four homeopathic remedy dispensaries planned as part of the program was organized in Teupasenti, near the Nicaraguan border.

Teams have already made their way to three of the four countries targeted by this program conducted with Global Affairs Canada, namely Tanzania, Bolivia and Honduras. At this time, it is not possible to send volunteers to the fourth country, Mali.
With this new program, TSF hopes to emphasize and establish the sustainability of the interventions health professionals carry out in the field.

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