Today’s blog post is by Medical DirectorTaraneh Shirazian. Taraneh has been very involved with our work in the developing world and has been instrumental in developing our new partnership with ILAC (Institute for Latin American Concern) in the Dominican Republic. Read on to learn a bit more about Taraneh’s experience in Santiago!
Yesterday, I presented at a cooperadora educational meeting in Santiago, DR. The cooperadoras are community health workers, who are trained at an annual 2-day educational symposium in the city of Santiago at the ILAC center, and then go back to 160 rural villages in the DR to screen people for various medical issues.
I presented a slideshow in Spanish on common gynecologic problems in the community such as incontinence, prolapse and abnormal pap smears. The presentation included 2 Spanish surveys that the cooperadoras are to give to women in the community to screen them and identify these issues.
The response was tremendous! The cooperadoras are so excited to go back to their communities and identify women who have prolapse, incontinence and abnormal pap smears. We are planning to return in mid October to see the women they have identified and provide surgical intervention or pessaries for those who need them.
We are so excited to work with ILAC and the cooperadoras of Santiago to reach out to women in the rural communities who are in need of these services.