Today marks the first day of Nurses' Week which culminates on May 12th, the birth date of Florence Nightingale. I would like to take a quick moment to recognize all of our forum members who are nurses and thank you for all that you do.
As an ER nurse myself I have the honor and privilege of taking care of people during some of their life's most vulnerable and frightening moments. I have also had the opportunity to watch in admiration as my nurse colleagues around the world have provided incredible care for people often under difficult circumstances, and have jumped into action during dangerous disease outbreaks, emergencies, and in times of great need throughout the world.
Please consider taking a moment this week to send a quick thank you to the nurse volunteers and national staff on your outreach projects. I can imagine that many of these projects could not go one without the wonderful contribution of our nurse colleagues.
The Americares warehouse will close for its annual inventory ‘count’ mid-June and won’t re-open for shipping until July 1. If you have a trip planned in June or early July, please submit your request soon. We will continue to process orders during this time, however, we will not process any order after 6.10.19 for departure dates prior to 7.10.19.Reply
Just a reminder that Americares, in partnership with Child and Family Health International, created a Pre-Depature Training Course. This is a great course for teams prior to outreach trips, especially for those that are new to outreach work.
The link to the course is: https://classroom.google.com/w/MTc0MzkyMTMzNzNa/t/all . You need to create a google account if you do not have one already (if you have gmail or google photos or another google account, then this will work). Then you will enter the class code to access the material. The class code is: h59phl. There are 8 modules that consist typically of 1-2 hours of reading and PowerPoint presentations, with additional optional resources linked. If you have any difficulty with access, please let me know.
Feel free to post below any other pre-departure material that you have found useful. As I have mentioned in prior posts, Disaster Ready, has a number of good short courses, particularly in safety and security. The Americares Outreach Exchange at https://medicaloutreach.americares.org/en/resources/ is also a great source of pre-departure material.Reply
A reminder about how to request products:
The Americares Medical Outreach Program donates medicines and medical supplies to medical professionals traveling internationally to deliver medical and surgical care. U.S. licensed healthcare practitioners traveling abroad to provide primary care, perform surgeries, respond to emergencies and strengthen local health care capacity. All donations are provided entirely free of charge.
Volunteer health care providers view available inventory and apply online to receive medical products. Once vetted and approved, the request is processed and the donation shipped to a licensed medical office or facility in the U.S. Volunteer health care providers use the products overseas and submit a required field report with product usage and team activity information upon their return.
To order prescription items you must hold a medical license issued in the U.S. and be able to practice and prescribe independently. The account must be in the name of the healthcare provider who will use and oversee the use of the donated products.
For more information, please read our FAQ’s.Reply