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Ethics of Short-term Experiences Abroad and Sustainable Solutions: Steve Schmidbauer


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Ethics of Short-term Experiences Abroad and Sustainable Solutions

Steve Schmidbauer, Child Family Health International

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Ethics of Short-term Experiences Abroad and Sustainable Solutions: Steve Schmidbauer

  1. 1. Ethics of Short Experiences and Sustainable Solutions
  2. 2. We Are All In This Together <ul><li>“ The existing gross inequality in the health status of the people particularly between developed and developing countries as well as within countries is politically, socially, and economically unacceptable and is, therefore of concern to all countries” </li></ul><ul><li>--ALMA ATA, 1978 </li></ul>
  3. 3. Origins of Child Family Health International <ul><li>Founded by Dr. Evaleen Jones while she was a medical student at Stanford in 1992 </li></ul><ul><li>Small NGO with a wide reach </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2009 Budget about $2Million, 5% overhead </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Working with over 250 medical professionals in Bolivia, Ecuador, India, Mexico, and South Africa </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Over $9 Million in medical supplies sent to underserved communities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>More than 5,000 students have participated in CFHI programs from over 460 medical schools or higher education institutions from around the world </li></ul>
  4. 4. Basic Principles <ul><li>Place health science students in international clinical rotations in ways that are socially responsible and financially just. </li></ul><ul><li>These experiences are designed to benefit both the underserved host communities and the participating students. </li></ul><ul><li>CFHI believes that sustainable partnerships must be based on a deep respect for communities and individuals and recognition of the expertise of the local hosts. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Basic principles for engagement <ul><li>Respectful Collaboration: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CFHI builds partnerships at the local level with underserved communities in a deeply respectful manner that recognizes local leaders as the experts of their local situation. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sustainability: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- CFHI works at the grassroots level using a deliberate strengths-based approach to ensure effective community engagement that yields successful capacity building </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Transformational Change: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CFHI designs global health rotations to facilitate the opportunity for personal transformational change. We seek to create a global health immersion experience that offers a life-changing opportunity at the most formative time of career development. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Benefits to Local Communities <ul><li>Recognition of existing health workers as local experts </li></ul><ul><li>Meaningful compensation that is respectful of the local culture, norms, circumstances </li></ul><ul><li>Medical Supplies and equipment that are appropriate to the local setting </li></ul><ul><li>Micro granting for grassroots community health projects </li></ul><ul><li>Professional development for local health professionals and paraprofessionals </li></ul>
  7. 7. Objectives of CFHI Clinical Rotations <ul><li>Develop a larger sense of cultural competency </li></ul><ul><li>Observe and develop existing clinical skills </li></ul><ul><li>Broaden Public Health knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Develop creativity in problem solving </li></ul><ul><li>Deepen your commitment to service </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>“ All countries should cooperate in a spirit of partnership and service to ensure primary health care for all people since the attainment of health by people in any country directly benefits every other country.” </li></ul><ul><li>--ALMA ATA, 1978 </li></ul>