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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/147144
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Health Promotion in the Amazon Rainforest
Abstract:
Health Promotion in the Amazon Rainforest
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2007
Author:Alpers, Rojann R., PhD, RN
P.I. Institution Name:Arizona State University College of Nursing & Healthcare Innovation
Title:Associate Professor
Co-Authors:Roxena Wotring
[Clinical session research presentation] "Nursing in its purest form" was the lesson learned by all who participated a health fair in the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador.  The setting was primitive (thatch-covered community center with banana leaves for table coverings), teaching materials were developed and translated by candlelight (under the watchful eyes of the resident tarantula family), and the supplies brought from the U.S. were few due to the "raiding and ransoming" by airport security.  However, the hot and humid atmosphere crackled with excitement and anticipation for this ambitious project. This inaugural project was the first time U.S. nurses had ventured into the indigenous communities the Amazon rainforest. Planning took almost a year. Negotiations were time-consuming, slow and not in English.  Securing planning data was challenging, and transporting materials and supplies required vigilance, bravado and extra cash.  But once "in-country" the health fair was momentously welcomed.  The project included screening and education for diabetes, hypertension, Tuberculosis, lice, hygiene, dental care, and safety.  Attendance exceeded  estimates and expectations. Data was collected on the noted health indicators, growth and development, immunization status and demographics. Health records were created turned over to the local public health nurse, who had been unable to establish such a database due to constraints on time, resources and personnel. The outcomes from this experience were numerous. This project established contact with these Amazon communities and laid the foundation for future collaborations. Important and needed health information was collected and communicated to the local health officials and a follow-up program has been established. The word-of-mouth publicity of the health fair has garnered invitations to re-create this project in four other Ecuadorian communities. Most importantly, a positive relationship has been instituted  with the tribal presidents and Shamans. This presentation will highlight the process of establishing an international program, securing funding, launching collaborations, and surviving the Amazon.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleHealth Promotion in the Amazon Rainforesten_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/147144-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Health Promotion in the Amazon Rainforest</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2007</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Alpers, Rojann R., PhD, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Arizona State University College of Nursing &amp; Healthcare Innovation</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Associate Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">rojann@asu.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Roxena Wotring</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Clinical session research presentation] &quot;Nursing in its purest form&quot; was the lesson learned by all who participated a health fair in the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador.&nbsp; The setting was primitive (thatch-covered community center with banana leaves for table coverings), teaching materials were developed and translated by candlelight (under the watchful eyes of the resident tarantula family), and the supplies brought from the U.S. were few due to the &quot;raiding and ransoming&quot; by airport security.&nbsp; However, the hot and humid atmosphere crackled with excitement and anticipation for this ambitious project.&nbsp;This inaugural project was the first time U.S. nurses had ventured into the indigenous communities the Amazon rainforest.&nbsp;Planning took almost a year. Negotiations were time-consuming, slow and not in English.&nbsp; Securing planning data was challenging, and transporting materials and supplies required vigilance, bravado and extra cash.&nbsp; But once &quot;in-country&quot; the health fair was momentously welcomed.&nbsp; The project included screening and education for diabetes, hypertension, Tuberculosis, lice, hygiene, dental care, and safety. &nbsp;Attendance exceeded&nbsp; estimates and expectations. Data was collected on the noted health indicators, growth and development, immunization status and demographics. Health records were created turned over to the local public health nurse, who had been unable to establish such a database due to constraints on time, resources and personnel. The outcomes from this experience were numerous. This project established contact with these Amazon communities and laid the foundation for future collaborations.&nbsp;Important and needed health information was collected and communicated to the local health officials and a follow-up program has been established.&nbsp;The word-of-mouth publicity of the health fair has garnered invitations to re-create this project in four other Ecuadorian communities. Most importantly, a positive relationship has been instituted&nbsp; with the tribal presidents and Shamans. This presentation will highlight the process of establishing an international program, securing funding, launching collaborations, and surviving the Amazon.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T09:29:39Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T09:29:39Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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