While volunteering for Project HOPE in Macedonia, I have had the privilege of working with HOPE’s team in the field here. It has been an incredible experience learning from all of them. The atmosphere here is one that is professional, organized, fun, and exciting. Everyone works so well together. Although we each have a specific title, the environment is very collaborative. This makes the dynamic very positive.
Here in Macedonia, Project HOPE is implementing the Strategic Medical Re-Supply Program. The Strategic Medical Re-Supply Program is designed to help developing countries improve the quality of patient care as they transition to meet global health care standards by providing donations of priority medical materials and creating training platforms for the professional development of health care providers. Through knowledge, equipment and support, this program will bring in the infrastructure needed to improve the care, treatment and overall well-being of the community.
The Nursing Mentorship Program, a course based off of Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and the Infection Control Database, will be an important new part of the Strategic Medical Re-Supply Program in Macedonia. By mentoring nurses we will be further able to share our knowledge in Macedonia. The idea of sharing knowledge - instead of just teaching or educating - is an important aspect to the program.
For example, the staff at the University Pediatric Clinic in Skopje is incredible at what they do. They have many techniques and skills for which nurses in the United States may not be as advanced. It is the sharing of knowledge – both from Project HOPE and the Macedonian nurses - which will make the program a success.
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