USF Health-Panama finishes successful educational project in the Comarca Ngäbe-Buglé
Panama City, Panama – The team at USF Health–Panama recently completed a 2-year project titled “Health Status Improvement for the Ngäbe-Buglé Comarca.” The community-based project was developed to produce tailored educational materials, to implement a train-the-trainers intervention for indigenous promotores (health promoters), and to deliver health education trainings throughout the Comarca (indigenous territory).
The project team successfully trained 25 health professionals in telehealth and 78 health promoters in health education techniques. The team also implemented health education trainings for almost 7,000 people in the last six months of the project. Every health promoter received a training kit with a customized health education flipchart and standardized report forms.
Representatives of the project team from USF Health–Panama, researchers from the Panamanian National Secretariat of Science, Technology and Innovation (SENACYT), and students from the USF College of Public Health traveled 300 miles from Panama City to the Ngäbe-Buglé Comarca to present the results with representatives of the Government of Panama and local nongovernmental organizations. Several educational kits were donated to these institutions for their use in the area.
At the last meeting, one of the newly trained health promoters reported, “The communities liked the materials and asked for more trainings.”
At a press conference held in Panama City, the results were shared with international recognized institutions in the City of Knowledge, including the United Nations Populations Fund (UNPF) and Gorgas Memorial Institute for Health Research.
The USF Health – Panama Program would like to thank every one involved in the success of the project: the National Secretariat of Science, Technology and Innovation, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Social Development, Ministry of Education, National Environment Authority, Ngäbe Womens Association (ASMUNG), Ngäbe Traditional and Natural Health Agents Association (ASASTRAN), Ngäbe authorities and their communities.
Selected Publications (in Spanish)
Critica Libre - Casi 7 mil capacitados en comarca Ngäbe-Buglé
America Economía – Capacitan a alrededor de 7.000 indígenas en salud en Panamá
About USF Health-Panama
USF Health-Panama is located in the City of Knowledge, an international complex of organizations dedicated to education, research and innovation. The City of Knowledge also hosts regional offices of the United Nations, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the Pan American Health Organization, the Peace Corps, Save the Children, and many other international organizations. The USF Health & Education International Foundation exists to increase collaboration in education, research and patient care between the faculty and students of USF and of academic and research institutions in Panama, as well as other health professionals and organizations throughout Latin America.
For more information about opportunities for international field experiences and other programs in Panama, please contact Stephen Church (email@example.com), Director of the Panama Initiative & International Programs, in the College of Public Health Office of International Programs.