Davis Projects for Peace Recipient
“Meeting children in person changed how I thought about my ability to make a difference as a student. As I continue my education towards my career as a physician, I have a greater sense of urgency to actively apply my skills now, rather than waiting to finish my education before attempting to make an impact.”
Our project provided desperately needed standing therapy to disabled children, and helped families and physicians in resource-poor regions to fight back and make progress against debilitating disease. Through this process, I learned that it is never too early to begin applying what you have learned to make an impact in an area that you are passionate about. If I had one piece of advice for fellow students, it would be to get started on that project or idea you have been waiting till ‘after graduation’ to do.”
We were able to follow up with 20 patients in total and spend several hours with each of them to get feedback on the stander. We were able to make modifications that improve functionality for almost every child. This process helped inform our generic design. We were able to visit 13 new local partnering organizations across the three countries and educate over 100 therapists about the availability and proper utilization of our standing frame. These therapist are very excited about the tremendous progress that they are seeing in their patients including increased strength, stability, sensation, psychological and social development and ability to perform routine tasks including eating, speaking, and playing.
We were able to construct a production facility in Xenacoj, Guatemala in conjunction with Hope Haven international which will produce about 400-500 standing frames annually and distribute them through their patient network in Central America and around the world. Our second production facility was established in Arequipa, Peru will produce about 50-100 standers per year, and will service the local region of southern Peru. . The success of the project will help impact about 250 children with severe disabilities by the end of the year and hopefully thousands more as these independent facilities produce and distribute standing frames. We are already planning to implement the Planter Program in other countries around the world including the Dominican Republic, China, and North Korea. The Planter Program has proven to be a sustainable way to empower local communities and bring peace to homes affected by childhood disability.
- Date October 1, 2015
- Tags 2015, Asia, Davis Projects for Peace, Healthcare, Social Service, South America