Project Breast Prothesis
Project Breast Prosthesis,
In many regions of the world, as in Palestine, numerous cancer patients who have had breasts amputated have no access to reconstructive surgery and cannot afford the breast prosthesis commercially available. Many of these women suffer from their externally visible affliction. Moreover, the missing breast replacement can lead to chronic life-long postural defects.
Mrs. Paula Jacob and Mr. Schunke from Switzerland have designed a breast prosthesis from inexpensive materials and manufactured and further developed prototypes. Because of the simple process of manufacture and ease of handling, medipalestine is interested in their invention.
The two creators of the product are making their concept available to us. Members of the association are being trained in the manufacturing process and can pass on their acquired know-how to local charitable organizations or to skilled seamstresses in various regions of the world. In this way it is possible to provide those women affected with affordable prosthesis.
In 2013 medipalestine will begin with the implementation of the project in Palestine.
The association will evaluate procurement channels for suitable materials, document the manufacturing technique and brief staff on applying the prosthesis for patients in need.
Local seamstresses are being trained in the manufacture of these special inserts for the bras available. medipalestine is in the process of acquiring and securing funding for the project.
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Project Center for Telemedicine
Project Center for Telemedicine
Providing Quality Medical Care for All
Currently medipalestine is planning to establish a virtual medicine platform in a center for telemedicine in Ramallah.
It is intended that this be equipped with the necessary technical means to enable local and international specialists to cooperatively conduct case reviews, training and further education in connection with cancer treatment.
Aims of the Center
The main goal of the center is to improve the quality of life of cancer patients by:
- establishing a virtual medicine platform and the requisite technical support to facilitate the international exchange of expertise and experience
- bringing together and linking local and international expertise
- supporting research
- carrying out professional further education through conferences, seminars and practical training exercises by means of, for example, phantoms or simulation (virtual training)
Further education Palestine
Local Further Education Programs
Further education program with the HWC
In cooperation with the Health Work Committees (HWC, www.hwc-pal.org), we have designed and implemented a further education program for the medical personnel in the area of Women’s Health.
Women’s Health Program
Within the framework of Women’s Health programs approximately 32000 consultations are annually carried out in the outpatient clinics of the HWCs. The majority of these consultations take place within the context of pregnancy tests. A medical specialist for gynecology and obstetrics from Switzerland is engaged locally for several months per year in the clinics.
Further education events gynaecology
Since 2004 we have been able to organize and carry out two to three further education events in the field of gynecology with the HWCs each year. Additionally, a medical professional from Switzerland accompanied and monitored the daily work of local colleagues, providing further education in the process. In the course of time a noticeable improvement in the quality of the work carried out became apparent. Nursing personnel were also instructed and trained locally in order to provide patients with improved specialized care.
Working guidelines for medical personnel
Protocols and work guidelines for medical personnel in the field of Women’s Health are reviewed collectively. In doing so, the latest medical standards can be integrated into existing policy. Procedures were made uniform and transparent in this manner. Administrative overlap was reduced, thereby enhancing efficiency.
Consultation in the Medical Centre
Ivan Haefliger, Professor for Ophthalmology from Switzerland, was actively engaged for several days as a consultant in the medical centre in Beit-Sahour.
In 2009, Professor Oberholzer, Clinic Manager for the Department of Cytopathology at the University of Basel and an expert in Telemedicine, was actively engaged in the West Bank. He gave lectures and provided an introduction to the employment of telemedicine for improving the quality of medical services in cooperation with the HWCs and the Palestinian Medical Association.
These events, which took place in various northern cities right down to the south of the West Bank and in East Jerusalem, were very well received by the medical doctors. The participants welcomed the introduction of a national network for telemedicine in Palestine.
Staff training in the Dunya Clinic
The Dunya Clinic staff were trained in the use of the new computer-supported technology of telemedicine.
From January 2011 to March 2012 medical personnel were supervised and trained each morning by means of video conferences.
Once a month medical specialists from Switzerland provided further education in breast and genital tumor diagnostics.
Furthermore, the staff attended seminars and conferences in Palestine and Jordan.
Further education abroad
Further Education of Medical Personnel in abroad
Dr. Salam Tubeleh, Doctor of Gynecology, completed a 3-month training program in ultrasound diagnostics at the University Hospital Zurich.
Dr. Ghada Alshomali, gynecologist, and Mrs. Lama Laham, medical laboratory assistant, attended the first 3-month course in cytopathology at the University Hospital Basel.
Dr. Iman Arar, Doctor of Gynecology, did six weeks of further education in obstetrical ultrasound diagnostics at the University Women’s Clinic Zurich and at the Limmattal Hospital.
Dr. Ghada Alshomali and Mrs. Lama Laham attended the second 3-month course in Basel.
Dr. Nufuz Maslamani, Doctor of Gynecology, completed 1-month course in breast cancer diagnostics at the King Hussein Medical Center in Jordan.
Dr. Naif Kasbary, Specialist in Oncology, did four months of further education in Medical Oncology at the Centre de Lutte Contre le Cancer in Nantes, France.
Dr. Nufuz Maslamani completed a 4-month course in breast cancer diagnostics at the University Hospital Basel.
Dr. Osama Atallah, Specialist in Surgery, acquired knowledge in the area of Sentinel Node Biopsy of Breast Cancer at the Istituo Europeo di Oncologia in Milan, Italy.
Dr. Iman Arar, Doctor of Gynecology, studied Palliative Care at Cardiff University, UK.
Dr. Samah abu Rmeileh, Specialist in Gynecology and Obstetrics, completed two months of further education in Diagnostics and the Treatment of Gynecological Tumors at Royal Cornwall Hospital, UK.
Inauguration of the newly built Dunya Women’s Cancer Center in Ramallah.
Esperanza Shanan, Physiologist, completed two weeks of further education in lymph drainage in Gijon, Spain. She is now providing this therapy to patients at the Dunya clinic.