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On 8 February 2010, Argentina dispatched two teams of kinesiologists and physiatrists to the island of Hispaniola to offer early rehabilitation care to Haitians who lost limbs and suffered trauma following the 12 January earthquake. The trip was made possible through an agreement between PAHO and Argentina’s White Helmets Commission. The six Argentine professionals are volunteering their time and services and will be posted in Jimaní, Dominican Republic, and at the Bon Samaritain Hospital in Fond Parisien, Haiti, for a week. During their stay, they will also provide training to local health teams to enable them to provide ongoing rehabilitative care to patients. The team members belong to the Buenos Aires-based Institute of Psychophysical Rehabilitation, and their work will be coordinated by its Director, Dr. Ricardo Viotti.

Los equipos, de tres profesionales cada uno, permanecerán en la isla una semana, pertenecen al Instituto de Rehabilitación Psicofísica (IREP) de la ciudad de Buenos Aires. Los especialistas se ofrecieron en forma voluntaria para participar en las actividades de ayuda a Haití.

Los voluntarios desarrollarán sus tareas en las ciudades de Jimaní, República Dominicana, y en Fond Parisien, Haití, en el hospital Bon Samaritain, donde asistirán en la rehabilitación inmediata a quienes sufrieron traumatismos y amputaciones. Además, brindarán capacitación a los recursos humanos locales para que puedan continuar con la rehabilitación. Los grupos son coordinados por el fisiatra y director del IREP, Ricardo Viotti.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 February 2010 06:54

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