A sick doctor or nurse can infect patients or become unable to work. In Tanzania, and other countries where health care workers are scarce, the loss of one doctor or nurse means that thousands of people won’t get the care they need. And the sudden emergence of an infectious disease, such as the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa, can have devastating consequences for the health care system in a developing country where health care workers often face severe shortages of basic protective equipment and supplies.
The risk is real: In the developing world, it’s not unusual for a hospital worker to suffer four needle sticks a year.
AmeriCares safety programs are protecting health care workers from needle sticks and other accidents—an essential step in improving health care in the world’s poorest countries. Already, more than 1,500 hospital workers in India and Tanzania have adopted crucial safety practices, and AmeriCares will soon be expanding the program.
The Health Care Provider must be traveling outside of the U.S. on short term charitable medical trips to treat indigent patients and must agree to and comply with all of the terms of our online Agreement. The one exception is our Zimmer U.S. Charitable Surgery Program where surgeries for indigent patients are performed in the U.S.
- The Health Care Provider must have a valid U.S. license to practice and prescribe independently and without supervision in order to request prescription medicines and/or products requiring a specific level of training to use.
- We can only donate to you those products that you are qualified to use in the U.S. For example, if you are not authorized in the U.S. to start an IV we are not able to donate IV sets to you even though they are "non-prescription."
- If you do not have a license to prescribe without supervision and no one traveling with you does, you may request non-prescription products.
Through the Health Worker Safety Initiative, AmeriCares and Bugando Medical Centre (BMC) worked with Tanzania’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to develop a training curriculum for promoting workplace safety at BMC. The eight-module training package and reference guide reflect best practices in occupational safety in healthcare settings, and can be adapted to a variety of clinical settings to improve health workers’ ability to protect themselves and their patients from hospital hazards and infection. This training curriculum was implemented at BMC through the Health Worker Safety Initiative pilot, through which over 1,200 BMC health workers were trained by 40 peer trainers in best practices for occupational safety and infection prevention and control.
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