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Training in the Go Vap orphanage

 

Background
Visting the Go Vap orphanage

There is an Orphanage in Go Vap district and it has been there for a very long time already.  Until now, this Orphanage received children from everywhere and in many different ways: Sometimes they received a child just lying lonely near a tree, or in front of the door of the Orphanage, or brought in by a neighbor or by the dustman. 
But most of these children were coming from the Maternity hospitals such are the Hung Vuong and the Tu Du hospitals!  After the delivery, parents saw that their child was disabled. How little the disability may have been, the disabled child was not welcome in the family.  Or, a pregnancy of an unmarried young mother.  Quickly, the babies were also refused so they would not be a further disturbance for the mother’s social life.  It seemed that there was something much more important in their lives then this new life.

 

 

Visit by IF and HI

When   children with Hydrocephalus arrived here via the hospitals, they were brought in with very limited information, especially when a baby was disabled

The  doctor  of  this  Orphanage tried her best to  refer all  children  with Hydrocephalus  to  the  general  hospital  for  a  check  up, but most of them were nominated too late for the placing of a shunt, even if the Orphanage managed to get a free shunt.

In the long term, these children will be faced with a very large head circumference which can easily cause pressure sores and head aches, while also becoming an extra  burden for the personnel.  

The management of this Orphanage were open for suggestions and showed their interest for further updating and possible training for their personnel, after a quick visit by Mr. Pierre Mertens (IF), Tuong Van and Huong (HI) in March 2007. 

Training staff of the orphanage
Huong shows a nurse of the orphanage how to measure the head

The first training was done on April 4, 2007 to the personnel involved who worked in the wards where children with Hydrocephalus were taken care of. 

The training included measuring the head circumference and record its result in the leaflet created by IF. 

 

 

What was very interesting on that leaflet is that they could see directly if the head circumference was normal or abnormal while taking the measurement.  Detect  abnormal  signs  by  too  high  CSF   pressure.  This should be a systematic follow up. 

The  next   training   will  be  given  on  April 27,  theoretical   and  demonstration  of   CIC by   a    child  who  was  operated   for  Spina bifida, and who is now  incontinent.   The   other   training  will    be  focused  on  pressure  sore  management,   especially  with   severe Hydrocephalus which quickly causes pressure  sores..

text from HI

 

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