Hope Against Pus, Pain, and Hunger

October 22nd, 2021 by INMED
Posted in INMED Grads In Action|

“Adorable, little two-year-old Jacinta arrived at Cavango Hospital in severe respiratory distress,” says Tim Kubacki. “Ultrasound revealed a large amount of liquid in the space surrounding her heart and in one chest cavity. We drained several cups of thin pus, likely from TB, the consistency of motor oil, from her chest cavity, which had collapsed her lung, and about two cups of thick, creamy pus from her heart cavity (pericardium) with no available anesthesia. She was frightened but held still throughout the procedure that required repeating three more times in the coming days… Jacinta’s caring mother is a joy, full of questions and interested in everything we do, crying during her daughter’s procedures but looking on in amazement as she sees all of the pus removed from around her tiny heart.”

 

Tim is a family physician and a 2012 graduate of the INMED Professional Diploma in International Medicine and Public Health. Since 2011, he and his family have lived in the African nation of Angola, where Dr. Kubacki has been one of my colleagues at CEML Hospital. Passionate for those in rural Angola who have absolutely no healthcare, Kubacki, with his colleagues from both Angola and Brazil, serve at Cavango Hospital – the location so remote that travel by air is often the only option.

 

 

But in Angola, remote is where most people live. Life in that region is hard, with malnutrition and trauma making people especially susceptible. Surmises Kubacki, “Severe infections and addressing the resulting accumulations of pus are a common part of our work because of lack of access to medical care causing delayed treatment for infections that otherwise would be treated simply and painlessly much earlier. Lately, it seems every day we are draining pus from various body cavities in multiple people… from the heart, the muscles, the skin, the abdomen, chest cavities, the neck.” Please read more about Dr. Kubacki and hope against pus, pain, and hunger at KubackisInAngola.

Controlling The Next Emergency Pandemic

October 15th, 2021 by INMED
Posted in International Public Health|


 

Is the COVID-19 Pandemic simply a once-in-a-lifetime threat? Or rather, is this a warning of health emergencies to come? Today’s globalization of travel and commerce make communicable, infectious diseases much more transmissible person-to-person and nation-to-nation. August’s analysis by the Center for Global Development projects that the probability of another COVID-19-like pandemic in the next 25 years is 47-57%. In conclusion, the report calls for great investment into prospective pandemic risk reduction, infectious disease surveillance, and robust response planning.

 

This fall, INMED is offering the Emergency Pandemic Control Course. This two-credit-hour, graduate level Learning opportunity emphasizes objective investigation into critical questions, including identifying infectious agents, modes of transmission, incubation periods, and effective modalities for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. This course also highlights how emergency pandemic control also often requires deliberate interventions to address special ethical challenges: disease-associated racism, resistance to local and international cooperation, and extreme stress placed upon low-resource health systems.

 

INMED’s Emergency Pandemic Control Course can be taken as a standalone, or as part of the INMED Master’s Degree in International Health. Without question, the next 25 years will see significant growth in international travel in commerce. Armed with pandemic control skills, healthcare leaders of today and tomorrow can save our world’s citizens from a twice-in-a-lifetime threat.

 

Is It Ethical To Send Covid Vaccine Abroad?

October 1st, 2021 by INMED
Posted in International Public Health|

 

700,000 Americans are now documented dead from COVID-19, making it the deadliest disease event in American history. This grim stat exceeds even the number of deaths from the infamous 1918 Spanish Influenza. To date, 400 million doses of highly effective COVID-19 vaccine have been given in the US and just now added is a third dose of the Pfizer vaccine for people of higher risk.

 

But some ethicists and public health experts are crying foul. At this same moment, less than 1% of people living in low-income nations have received even one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and the disease runs unchecked throughout Africa, South America, and southern Asia. This vaccine inequity, they argue, violates the universal principles of beneficence and justice. Even the principle of enlightened self-interest, also known as common good, is violated because in a global pandemic actually no one is safe until everyone is safe.

 

Vaccine equity is only one pressing issue in international health today. Others include global gender inequality, globalism vs “statism,” and persistent “brain drain.” This fall, INMED is offering the International Healthcare Ethics Course, taught by Scott Armistead. Dr. Armistead and his family lived in Pakistan from 1999-2015, speaking Urdu and providing medical care at Bach Christian Hospital, plus two more years service at Kanad Hospital in the United Arab Emirates.

 

The INMED International Healthcare Ethics Course is a two-credit hour learning opportunity, either standalone or as part of the Master’ Degree in International Health, and includes credible voices from both Euro-American and other cultural perspectives. Course graduates will gain an understanding of the breadth of complexity from which sound ethical decision-making occurs in an international context and be capable of speaking wisdom into compelling issues like vaccine equity.

 

The Most Inspiring International Health Book?

September 24th, 2021 by INMED
Posted in International Health News & Inspiration|

 

Daktar is the most riveting account of faith and healthcare I’ve ever enjoyed. Set amid the agonizing 1971 Bangladesh war for independence from Pakistan, Viggo Olson describes his very personal experience with injured and dying Bangladeshi people, and his heroic efforts to bring compassionate healthcare amid the chaos. Disabled in the midst of the fighting by his on fractured arm, I felt the pain and determination of this author’s struggle to be effective against all odds.

 

Diplomat in Bangladesh is also a befitting subtitle, as this book also documents Dr. Olson’s years long effort to establish a medical center, beginning with pre-war dealings and red tape with Pakistani politicians in order to get permission to establish the hospital.

 

Dr. Olson it’s also an intriguing personality. Trained in a prestigious United States surgery department, he walked away from a distinguished and lucrative career. Daktar chronicles his journey from agnosticism to a burning faith in Christ and his illustrative career decision making process. I find it no wonder that 50 years later we continue to be inspired by Viggo Olson’s monumental book, Daktar.

 

Learn From The Best: INMED’s 2021 Compassionate Service to Humanity Recipient

September 17th, 2021 by INMED
Posted in INMED Grads In Action|

 

INMED’s faculty include Micah Flint, recipient of the 2021 Comninellis Award for Compassionate Service to Humanity. This award was established by the INMED Board of Directors to recognize people who demonstrate care and concern for those in need, who give selflessly of their time and resources, and who inspire others to take similar action.

 

Micah Flint completed an MPA in healthcare leadership and disaster management at Park University. He also holds a nursing degree and bachelor’s degrees in science and liberal arts. He earned his INMED Diploma in International Nursing & Public Health in 2008, which included two terms of service at Baptist Medical Center in northern Ghana. Micah has created engaging presentations and learning content on Disaster Response, Cross-Cultural Skills, Health Leadership, and Simulation. He is the author of the Disaster Response: Pocketbook for Volunteers and Disaster Management in Limited Resource Settings, 2nd Edition. He is an active member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

 

Micah Flint teaches the INMED Lifestyle Health Course, which will next be offered in the 2021 Late Fall Term beginning on October 18. Healthcare professionals will benefit from this opportunity to complete a personal health status analysis and to develop a personal health plan that addresses nutrition, stress reduction, sleep hygiene, social life, and activity. The Lifestyle Health Course earns 2 credit hours toward the Master’s Degree in International Health.

 

Announcing Essential Care for Every Baby Course!

September 10th, 2021 by INMED
Posted in INMED Action Steps For You|

 

Every baby requires warmth, hygiene, umbilical cord care, eye care, early and exclusive breastfeeding, and proven-effective medications and immunizations. But many babies around the world go without. Can you feel the agony of a parent watching their child die needlessly for lack of basic nutrition or vaccination? Today,  INMED announces the Professional Certificate Course in Essential Care for Every Baby and Essential Care for Small Babies Helping Babies (ECEB-ECSB Master Trainer Course).

 

This is an evidence-based educational program to prepare healthcare professionals to teach basic baby care techniques in low-resource locations to benefit midwives, mid-level providers, and community health workers. ECEB-ECSB can also be effectively combined with other elements of the Helping Babies Survive series, such as Helping Babies Breathe (HBB). ECEB-ECSB is an initiative of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in collaboration with the Laerdal Global Health, and Save the Children.

 

The INMED Professional Certificate Course in Essential Care for Every Baby and Essential Care for Small Babies is a hybrid experience that combines online preparation followed by a one-day, in-person event to master hands-on skills and assess achievements. Academic credit earned is 1 credit hour. Sample the INMED learning experience with this 15-minute Free Demo Online Course. Please send your questions to [email protected] or call 816-444-6400.

 

Changing Of Heart Towards Refugees?

August 27th, 2021 by INMED
Posted in Disaster Management|

 

Are Americans experiencing a change of heart towards refugees? Since Aug 16, we’ve witnessed with dismay the immediate Taliban return to power in Afghanistan. We’ve viewed with horror the carnage of airport suicide bombings. We’ve peered inside the crammed compartment of giant Air Force planes evacuating Afghans. Has any of this touched American hearts?

 

Yes, it appears to be true. A CBS News Poll conducted August 18-20, 2021, posed the question “Do you think the US is doing too much, not enough, or about the right amount, to help Afghan people who are trying to leave Afghanistan?” 14% said Too Much. 27% said The Right Amount. And 59% – almost 2 out of every 3 Americans – responded Not Enough. Refugee resettlement agencies throughout the nation are suddenly reactivating, rehiring, and reequipping to accommodate tens of thousands of foreigners.

 

This survey suggests a heartening embrace of humanity, an affirmation of all human life – even lives that are very different from our own. Mahatma Gandhi’s statement is timely: “Recall the face of the poorest and weakest man you have seen and ask yourself if this step you contemplate is going to be any use to him.” The Afghan people are some of the poorest and weakest. May our invitation to them prove to be genuinely useful.

 

As these persons begin arriving in our country, will our invitation next be followed up with genuine assistance and encouragement? The Levitical scriptures declares, “When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.” The Afghan people are some of the world’s most mistreated. May our extension of friendship towards them prove to be heart-felt.

 

Actions steps: Watch TEDx Talk International Refugee Care. Take INMED’s International Refugee Care Course. Volunteer with a US Refugee Resettlement Agency.

 

Afghanistan Heightens Worldwide Refugee Crisis

August 20th, 2021 by INMED
Posted in International Public Health|

 

“Turbulence in Afghanistan – people fleeing their homes from the Taliban – is already provoking worldwide migration,” report my colleagues at the United Nations. “Like a ripply effect, desperate human beings running for their borders provoke greater insecurity among vulnerable people in neighboring nations, who in turn flee for safety. These ripples are becoming a flood around the globe.”

 

At this moment, 80 millions people – the population of Germany – are living as refugees  in other nations. These are the worlds most endangered people, usually traveling without money, documents, friends, nor a clear destination. We at INMED as especially concerned over the plight of international refugees, and our Training Sites in Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan provide refugee care. Would you like to become involved in care of international refugees? This Early Fall Term, INMED is offering our International Refugee Care Course – a two credit hour graduate level learning experience preparing you to serve with excellence amid in our complex, compelling worldwide refugee crisis.

 

Healthcare for Marginalized Americans

August 13th, 2021 by INMED
Posted in International Public Health|

Mother and children during the Great Depression. Elm Grove, Oklahoma, USA.

 

Many people live on the margins of United States society due to race, language, ethnicity, income, immigration status, and more. The United States is distinct from other developed countries in that there is no single national health care system that provides access for all its inhabitants. Also notable in the US is the relative lack of attention to social needs that are so vital to health. As a result, marginalized people are frequently unable to access essential health care.

 

Beginning Monday, Aug 16, INMED is offering the Healthcare for Marginalized Americans Course. This course explores the complex patchwork of ingredients which comprise United States health care systems, with special attention its deficiencies for marginalized people. The profound impact of social determinants of health are examined. Health resources are evaluated. Obstacles to care are identified, along with “work around” solutions commonly used by marginalized people. Existing and potential solutions to the healthcare dilemma for US marginalized people are explored. Course participants are challenged to advocate for a more equitable US health care system.

 

Healthcare for Marginalized Americans is taught by Dr. Fred Loper of Good Shepherd Ministries Medical Clinic in Oklahoma City. This graduate-level course includes 8 weeks of structured learning, and weekly virtual class with the faculty. This course is open to all healthcare professionals and healthcare profession students, and is especially appropriate for public health personnel, public leaders and policymakers, social workers, and those providing primary health care.

 

What’s Your Best Preparation For A Global Health Career?

July 30th, 2021 by INMED
Posted in INMED Action Steps For You|

 

How can you best prepare yourself for an effective and satisfying career in global health? I believe that the single strongest credential is field experience under the guidance of watchful, qualified supervisors. In this way, you can refine both your professional skills serving low income or cross-cultural people, and your personal skills necessary to thrive under often difficult circumstances. But before such a field experience, your supervisors will expect you to be well prepared!

 

The INMED Professional Master’s Degree in International Health (MIH) will prepare you with excellence to benefit marginalized people by cultivating skills in epidemiology, diseases of poverty, maternal newborn health, international public health, cross-cultural care, disaster management, health leadership, healthcare education, and research and quality improvement. The MIH is a 32-credit hour program consisting of CoursesInternational Service-Learning, and a Scholarly Project. Courses next begin on August 16.

 

What will the MIH cost you? Control is very important to us at INMED, and the tuition is just $272 per credit hour, bringing the total degree to $8704. The only additional costs are travel expenses associated with your international Service-Learning. The entire degree may be completed in as short as one year, and will qualify you for competitive global health positions in patient care, research, teaching, and leadership. What more questions do you have? Visit the MIH FAQs, message [email protected], or call 816-444-6400, as you equip yourself for an effective and satisfying career in global health!