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Medical Mission to Paraguay. Continuation.

The project was developed in response to the needs of certain local communities affected by extreme poverty, social exclusion and lack of access to primary healthcare and education, resulting from, among other factors, social maladjustment. In Paraguay, such communities inhabit what are known as asentamientos (settlements) located on the outskirts of cities. Similarly, the Guarani Indian communities that inhabit Paraguay’s vast Chaco region are socially excluded and without access to any medical assistance.

Any and all assistance in the provision of primary health care to these groups is highly needed. Operating within the framework of the Polish Aid Volunteering Programme, a team of three Polish volunteer medics again offered their assistance to the Guarambare slum dwellers and the Chaco Indian communities, which included an opportunity to have a health check-up and to receive a diagnosis and treatment in the form of dispensed medicines and dressings. The beneficiaries of the services provided by the Polish volunteers were also offered opportunities to learn the principles of caring for bedridden patients and the basics of rehabilitation.

Medical Mission to Paraguay. Continuation.

The project was implemented between 14 June 2016 and 31 December 2016. The three volunteers – a family physician and two nurses – spent time with Paraguay’s Guarambare and Chaco communities for the purpose of short-term voluntary work between 20 October 2016 and 3 December 2016.

Project beneficiaries included two communities: the slum dwellers of Guarambare and its environs, who remain under the care of a local Franciscans Fathers’ mission (which also acted as the host organisation); and the Indian communities living in the Chaco region, who remain under the care of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Paraguay. Project activities involved provision of primary medical care, including medical diagnostics, examinations (USG, ECG), medical consultations, treatment, dispensation of medications and dressings, care for and treatment of wounds and bedsores, provision of rehabilitation and physiotherapy treatment, and promotion of preventive health education. Whenever necessary, the volunteers also undertook life-saving activities.

The project was part of the human capital priority and helped achieve the third goal of sustainable development: improving the health of people of all ages and promoting prosperity.

The project contributed to the advancement of the human capital priority and of Sustainable Development Goal 3, ensuring that all people at every age can have healthy lives and promoting well-being.

Medical Mission to Paraguay. Continuation.

The volunteer physician received 980 patients at the Guarambare healthcare centre, the mobile medical units and in the Chaco region. In addition to examinations, patients also had their glucose levels checked and blood pressure taken. Four hundred seven ECGs and 156 USGs were performed. Approximately 100 patients had their haemoglobin levels measured, and over 200 had biochemical urinalysis. Medical treatment records including medical advice were established for the patients using the Guarambare healthcare centre.

Ninety per cent of patients were completely cured. Diagnosed with chronic or terminal illnesses, the remaining patients were either provided with treatments limited to analgesic therapy or with other forms of pharmacotherapy, as in the case of diabetes.

The nursing team visited 211 patients with wounds, bedsores, and progressive diabetes, as well as people with disabilities, the elderly and the infirm. These nursing services helped to treat many: bedsores and wounds were healed. Anti-inflammatory treatments were also applied. Many lives were saved directly through removal of necrotic tissue and halting of progressive sepsis caused by infected wounds.

The total value of the medicines dispensed to the needy in the course of volunteering exceeded EUR 3,000.

The team provided health education in the course of home visits. Among other things, they provided basic information about hygiene and methods of self-examination, such as breast self-examination. They distributed 200 copies of a brochure titled ‘Como Cuidar y tratar los enfermos en casa’ (How to Care for and Treat the Sick at Home), which provides information on how to check vital signs, patient home care, neonatal care and breast self-examination.