Physical therapists needed by Peace Corps for rehabilitation program in Venezuela

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Physical therapists needed by Peace Corps for rehabilitation program in Venezuela
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Peace Corps (U.S.)
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Voluntarism -- Venezuela   ( lcsh )
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The government


of Venezuela


has requested


Peace


Corps


Volunteer


Physical Therapists


to help


launch


a nationwide


rehabilitation


program there.


The regional rehabilitation


centers


to which


Volunteers


will


be assigned


have


never


physical


therapists


the need


is acute.


awaiting the


Regional medical


Volunteers.


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directors


selected


are


for this


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HIS~LURY


OF THE PROGRAM


Venezuela's


general rehabilitation


program was


begun


in 1963 with a


detailed


survey


by the Pan American


Health


Organization.


program


based


on recommendations


stemming from


this


study.


Since


the original


interest


in rehabilitation grew out


of the Anti-Leprosy


Program of


Ministry


of Health,


the Division


of Denrmatology


is presently directing the


program.


A separate


Division of Rehabilitation


is planned


into


operation


this


year.


A school


of physiotherapy


is being formed


in the School


of Public


Health


of the Central


University


in Caracas.


first


class


will


graduated


in 1967


the past


a program


20 years


the Orthopedic


of rehabilitation for physi


cally


Hospital


in Caracas


handicapped


children,


conducted


especially


those


attacked


infant ile


paralysis.


This


hospital has


a Physical


Medicine and Rehabilitation


Service which


works


toward


the evaluation and


treatment


of the physically handicapped.


hospital


is supported


by the


Mendoza Foundation,


the largest


philanthropic


organization


in Venezuela.


JOB DESCRIPTION


Each


Volunteer physiotherapist,


along with an


occupational


therapist,


will


be assigned


to a


regional rehabilitation


center or to a


center


Caracas


(the


capital).


In addition


to patient


care


under


the direction


of the


physiatrists,


they will


participate


directly


in the training of


the rehabilitation aids


The Volunteers


(orderlies)


assigned


visiting nurses


to the regional rehabilitation


(vocational nurses).


centers will


divide


their


time


between


the regional


center and outlying rural


clinics,








rehabilitation


procedures


as well as


participate


in the orientation


rural


physicians


in rehabilitation methods.


Those


in Caracas


will


devote


part of their time

the rehabilitation


to work in

of patients


the Hospital


with Hansen


Orthopedic

s disease


Work will


as well as


include


problems


common


to the United


States


Adequate


physiotherapy


equipment


is avail-


able


in the regional


centers


in the Orthopedic


Hospital.


summary,


physiotherapists


will:


Care


for patients


under the supervi


sion of
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a physiatrist


Train rehabilitation aid


(orderlie


Train


visiting nurses


(vocational nurses)


in home


rehabilitation


procedures.
Participate


in disability


evaluation.


. Partic


ipate


in the planning and


development of the


rehabilitation


program


as a member of the


rehabilitation


team


Volunteer


Anne Peabody teachers


patient to


bandage


the leg of


another.


(All


photos


Dan Goldsmith)


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one






as a health and


physical


conditioning program.


Also


include


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training course


will


a technical


studies


portion devoted


to preparing


the Volunteer to


work effectively as


a physical


therapist


in Venezuela.


Volunteers


will


spend approximately three months


in training and


twenty-


four months


in Venezuela.


ARJIJT VE~UELA


Venezuela


is located


on the northern


coast of South America and


roughly the


size


of Texas


Oklahoma


combined,


with a


population of


over


seven million.


Venezuela's wealth


of petroleum and


other resources


produced


highest


rate


of economic


growth and


capital


income


in Latin


America.


the high


national


income


is distributed


unevenly and


several


million


persons


are


living


u.nd.er


conditions


of extreme


poverty.


The climate


is mild and


spring-like


year


round


with


only


slight


changes


in temperature marking the


seasons.


During the


forty-five days


of vacation


during the


years


overseas,


Volunteers


will enjoy traveling


in Venezuela


or the other


countries


of Latin America.


Peace


Corps


service


can be rewarding,


exciting and


satisfying.


provides


a means


for broadening


insights


into


another


culture,


becoming


better


equipped


to evaluate


your personal


standards


and applying your


skill


as a physical


therapist and


your


skill as


a human


being where


it is


very


much needed.


HOW TO


APPLY


Pick up


a Peace


Corps


Volunteer Questionnaire


(application)


Post


Office


or write


to the Medical


Skills


Desk,


Office


of Public


Affairs,


Peace


Corps


Washington,


D. C. 20525.


Applications


for this


program should


be submitted


aS fofn as


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