Occupational therapists needed now for Peace Corps programs in Venezuela and the Philippines

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Occupational therapists needed now for Peace Corps programs in Venezuela and the Philippines
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The governments


the Philippines


in the Far


East and


Venezuela


in Latin


America


have


asked


the Pea


Corps


to send


Volunteer


occupational


therapists


to help train host


country therapy


ists


assist


in launching


a program


rehabilitation


in the


prov


inces.


These


programs


which


challenge


both


pro-


fessional and human


skills,


are scheduled


to enter


training


in February


Applications


for either program should


submitted no


later than


January


Both

more


programs

detail on


are described


the following pages


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VmNEZUx A


The government


of Venezuela


requested


Volunteer Occupational


therapists


to help


launch a


nation -wide


rehabilitate ion


program


there.


regional


rehabilitation


ceriters


to which


Volunteers


will


be assigned have


never


occupational


therapists


the need


is acute.


HISTORY


OF THE PROGRAM


Venezuela 's


general rehabilitation


program was


begun


in 1963 with a


detailed


survey


by the Pan American Health


Organization.


separate


Div is ion


of Rehabilitation


under


the Ministry of Health


in Caracas


conducted a


program of rehabilitation


for physically


handicapped


children,


especially those


attacked


infantile


paralysis.


This


hospital has


Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service


which


works


toward


the evalu-


action and


treatment


of the


physically handicapped.


DESCRIPTION


Each


Volunteer


occupational


therapist,


along with


a physical


therapist,


will


be assigned


to a regional


rehabilitation


center


or to a


center


in Caracas,


capital.


In addition


to patient


care


under


the direc-


tion


of the physiatrist,


each


will


participate


directly


in the training


the rehabilitation aides


(orderlies)


the visiting nurses


(vocational


nurses).


Volunteers


assigned


to the regional rehabilitation


centers


will


divide


their


time


between


the regional


center and


outlying rural


clinics,


where


they will


supervise


the training


of auxiliary personnel


in home


rehabilita-


tion


procedures


as well as


participate


in the orientation


of rural


physicians


to rehabilitation methods.


Those


in Caracas


will


devote


part


of their


time


to work


in the Hospital


Orthopedico.


Work will


include


the rehabilitation of






patients


with Hansen'


Disease


as well


as the problems more


commonly found


in the United States.


Evaluate


summary,


the occupational


occupational

capacities o


therapists


f handicapped


will:

d persons.


Retrain the handicapped.
Train occupational therapy aides.


Participate
Participate
program as
Maintain co
coordinate


in disability


evaluations.


in the planning and


a member
ntact wit


their


development of the


of the rehabilitation
h the Ministries of L


involvement


in this


rehabilitation


team.


abor and Education


program.


ABOUT VENEZUELA


Venezuela


a country


somewhat


larger than


Texas,


with a


populat ion of


over seven million.


It is located on


the northern


coast


South America


enjoys


a mild,


springlike


climate


year


round


with


only


slight


changes


in temperature.


Venezuela's


wealth of petroleum and


other


resources


has produced


the highest


rate of


economic


growth and


capital


income


in Latin America.


high national


income


is distributed


evenly and


several million


persons


are living under


conditions


of extreme


poverty.


PHILIPPINES


The occupational


therapy program


in the Philippines


is in its infancy.


Volunteers


will help


to set


up programs


in hospitals


train


professional


therapists


within these


programs.


HISTORY OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY IN THE PHILIPPINES


The whole


concept of


therapy,


or rehabilitation,


is just


beginning to


assume


significance


corresponding to


the industrial and


economic


development


of the


country.


There


is currently a minimal number


of trained occupational


therapists,


concentrated


in the


University of the Philippines


School of Allied


Medical Professions attemDtine to


tans


teaching oroeram


to staff hospitals


Un-


are






around


the country.


The World Healt~.


Organization has


assigned a


full-time


consultant


is working on


the development


of the University


curriculum


leading to a


standard


certification and


establishment of


small


centers


providing minimum occupational


therapy


services.


School


of Allied


Medical Professions


at the


University of the


Philippines


was founded


1962


is the only


school of


its kind


in the


Western Pacific


area


to offer


a baccalaureate


course


in occupational


therapy.


VOLUNTEER JOB DESCRIPTION


The University


of the Philippines


is making a


great


effort


to establish


programs


which will make available


trained


professional


therapists


provide


various


services


need-


ed at the major


unteer

will s


hospitals.


occupational


et up and run


therapists

hospitals

students i

school (th

studying b


programs


in Manila.

n their fo


le


first


lasic


Vol-


therapists


occupational


in different

Professional

urth year of


three


are


Et
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4
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S


spent


and specific


courses) will

internship at


where


they will


expert and


spend a


ten month


the clinical


benefit


full-time


Ito:


centers

m the


supervision


.i.Kl i
ri
t-,


of the Volunteer.


also


take


program at


part


Volunteers


will


Using
of the


in the teaching


the University.


stone


grinding mill,


patients


hot pepper sauce,
hospital kitchen.


makes


aji,


for the


can


p&r '
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summary,


Volunteers


will:


Assist
Manila


in the development of the


clinical


training


centers


and suburbs.


Supervise


occupational


therapy


interns


in hospitals.


Assist


in other phases


of the University training program


Help to promote
Philippines.


the profession


ABOUT THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS


of occupational


Philippines


therapy


a group of


in the


is lands


between


the South


China


Sea and


the Pacific Ocean.


The population


is over thirty


million,


English.


there are


The climate


three


official languages


is tropical and


except


- Spanish,


Tagalog,


in the higher mountains,


tempera-


tures


remain


warm


throughout


year.


There


a great


variety of food


because


of the diverse


groups


of people


on the islands,


generous


oppor-


tunity for


sports,


because


of the


island nature


of the


country and


weather.


TRAINING


All Peace


Corps


training programs


last about


three months,


during


which


time


Volunteers


study the


language,


customs,


culture,


and history of


the country where


they will


serve.


Those


effect


occupational


rehabilitation


therapists


in that


go ing


Latin Ameri


to Venezuela

can country.


will 1

Those


earn how to


best


going to


Philippines will similarly


learn


to apply


therapeutic concepts


in a


Philippino


setting.


Each group will have


a short


period of


in-country


orientation


before


beginning work.


Volunteers,


during training will have


courses


in American


studies,


world affairs


physical


conditioning.


HOW TO


APPLY


Persons


interested


in either


of the above


programs


should


submit


their


completed


Volunteer Questionnaire


(application)


before


January


Questionna ires


are available


from all Post


Offices


and from


the Medical Skills


Desk,


Office


of Public


Affairs,


Peace


Corps


Washington,


D. C.


20525
























































Medical Skills Desk
Office of Public Affairs
PEACE CORPS
Washington, D. C. 20525







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