Monday, July 14, 2008

Reports from the Field: Spring/Summer 2008

News and updates from around the world


July 2007 - January 2008, Dharamsala: Volunteer physician provides services to Tibetan exile community in India.  Dr. Larry Crook spent six months at the Delek Hospital in Dharamsala providing acute and primary care services while helping develop hospital management.  Delek Hospital serves a large Tibetan refugee population who have little access to health care or other resources.


January - May 2008, West Pokot: Health services continue to operate during crisis following election.  The violence that erupted following the December 2007 elections left hundreds dead and thousands displaced.  Our projects in the Rift Valley continued operations, despite some disruptions caused by the volatile climate and travel limitations.  Projects are on track to reach goals and objectives for 2008.

March 2008, Rift Valley: HIV Prevention, Treatment, and Care Project to be replicated in two new districts.  We are expanding the model it successfully developed in the West Pokot District into two new districts in the Rift Valley, doubling the population who will have access to life saving treatment. 


September 2007 - March 2008, Chiapas: Training program mobilizes indigenous community members to combat TB.  Over 119 community members have participated in a training program for promotores de salud, who are taught to recognize TB symptoms and educate their communities about how to access TB health services.  TB incidence among the indigenous populations of Chiapas is twice as high as Mexico’s national average.


November 2007, St. Petersburg: Study finds 37.4% HIV prevalence among Russian street youth.  The study, co-authored by HealthRight International (formerly Doctors of the World-USA), the CDC, and St. Petersburg’s City AIDS Center and published in the November issue of the journal AIDS, demonstrates that street youth in Russia are among the most at-risk populations for HIV in the world. 

February 2007, St. Petersburg: Conference highlights innovative models for families and at-risk youth.  HealthRight and our Russian partner Doctors To Children shared service models and best practices for delivery of a continuum of interventions addressing child welfare, HIV prevention, and access to care to over 430 government administrators and child welfare services representatives from Russia, Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan. 


2008: State Crisis Centers (SCCs) accept first HIV-positive clients.  HealthRight assisted the acceptance of the first HIV-positive women to be accepted by the SCCs, establishing a precedent for the inclusion of HIV-positive individuals in state-provided social services.  The SCCs offer emergency shelter and social services but have historically barred those with HIV.  

December 2007: Training film on MAMA+ model distributed by State Social Services.  “MAMA+: A Model for Prevention of Abandonment of Children Born to HIV-positive Mothers” will be distributed as a training and awareness tool by the government of Ukraine.  HealthRight developed the film to bolster support services for HIV-affected women and families.   


October 2007, New York, NY: Human Rights Clinic establishes mental health care referral network for beneficiaries.  To provide critical follow-up care to asylum seekers who have experienced torture and other human rights abuses, the HRC established referral agreements with the New York-based organizations Refugee and Immigrant Fund, Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, and the Institute for Psychoanalytical Training and Research.

* From 1990 to 2009, HealthRight International was know as Doctors of the World-USA.