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Reach Out And Learn invites you to join us doing effective humanitarian service.

Reach Out and Learn is at the forefront of educating professionals in foreign lands. We “learn together“ with professionals and offer opportunities to share our knowledge. Our events become an experience grounded in understanding the work and challenges found outside of our home country. We offer opportunities to help with sustainable efforts as we learn together in conferences, classrooms, and workshops. The work of Reach Out and Learn volunteers makes a significant impact by providing training for foreign professionals.

Read on to learn about the unique and extremely effective “humanitarian work” of Reach Out And Learn volunteers.

In July (2013) Reach Out And Learn teamed up with Frostburg State University and spent a week in Peru with a group of students and faculty where they participated in a "Service Leadership" conference and other activities in and around Cusco.

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When we started working in Cusco, Peru, in 2007, we learned that the #1 cause of death was the result of injuries caused by accidents. Dr. Deanne Long and her team of Emergency Medicine professionals from the U.S., put together curriculum material that focused on training medical professionals in Cusco, in the management of acute trauma cases.

We held conferences each year and In March of 2011, we were fortunate to learn that the trauma curriculum we brought was being taught in the Cusco medical college by a doctor who had been attending our yearly conferences!

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    Dr. Dowdle trains firefighters on emergency child birth procedures
Another thing we learned, in our 2011 conferences, was that “first responders” (firefighters, police, and ambulance personnel) were only authorized to transport injured persons! They were not trained to treat injuries. At that time, Chad Fugate, one of our Spanish speaking anesthetists, suggested that the Ministry of Health train and authorize emergency workers to do basic life support, such as clearing an injured person’s airway, mouth to mouth resuscitation, and stopping bleeding. When we returned in 2012, we were met at our hotel and asked to add the police to the conferences we had planned to do the following Saturday, and to train all first responders on caring for people with injuries!

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    Over 80 firefighters, national and civic police, and security guards
In 2013, we learned together with a group of 80 professionals (some of whom are shown in the photo to the left) who included firefighters, national and civic police, and security guards! Along with basic life support education, Dr. Mark Dowdle gave instruction about how to respond to difficult child deliveries, Captain James Fugate trained the group on Emergency/Disaster Triage, and Michael Huntsman provided instruction on organizing communities to help those in need during disasters, such as after an earthquake.

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    Dr. Sean Esplin - postpartum hemorrhage training
While this conference took place in San Sebastian, a separate Reach Out And Learn Team made up of other expert obstetricians learned together with nurse midwives, doctors, and nurses, instructing them on postpartum hemorrhage, Helping Babies Breathe®, and difficult deliveries. From Thursday through Saturday, our group of experienced obstetricians trained over 150 childbirth professionals both in Cusco and in Sicuani. The number one cause of death in Peru of women during childbirth is from postpartum hemorrhage. So, we called our training, “Helping Mommies Live”.

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    Dr. Rowan and her team, conference participants, and Dr. John, our in-country Conferene Direcor.
We appreciate the ongoing work of Dr. Lynley Rowan and her team of public health faculty and students who Reach Out And Learn with Pulic Health professionals who provide extremely important services to those in need in and around Cusco, Peru. In the March 2013 Public Health conference, four UVU faculty and three students presented topics on subjects meant to extend life, improve the quality of life, and reduce pain and suffering among individuals, families, and communities.

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    Melinda Barber teaches health classes as part of her Senior project
Reach Out And Learn has a top priority to provide opportunities for students to participate in conferences as Speakers, humanitarian activities in remote villages, implementing senior projects, and as interns. In March 2013 Melinda Barber, a Master of Public Health student at Utah Valley University, fulfilled her main Senior project requirement by teaching health classes to secondary and high school students in two schools in communities near Cusco, Peru.

We currently have humanitarian events actively running in or planned for
• Cusco, Peru
• Jinan, China
• Oaxaca, México
• Cape Coast, Ghana

Our participants include
• professionals from the U.S. who reach out and learn together with professionals in foreign lands
• like-minded humanitarians who participate in activities with those who live in rural communities
• students and interns who share their talents in their field of study or their career area of interest

We need your help to sponsor students and interns who will participate in reaching out to those in need and learning together with foreign students and professionals.

The cost for the student registration for a Reach Out And Learn humanitarian event has been $1,200. The registration fee covers in-country lodging, transportation, and coordinated experiences.

Those who participate in Reach Out And Learn humanitarian events are also responsible for roundtrip airfare between their home city and the destination country.

Thank you for your help to save lives, improve the work of professionals in foreign lands, and to help those in need become more self-sustaining.

So, how do Reach Out And Learn Volunteers save thousands of lives? By training professionals on lifesaving procedures that they use day-in-and-day-out to help those in need!

Those who have participated in a Reach Out And Learn humanitarian event, we ask you to focus on the results of our work. Ask yourself, did what we accomplished justify the means that made it possible for us to do the things we did? At the end of the day, were people helped, was the work of professionals improved, did we make a differene in the lives of people in need? Yes. We most definitely did all these things, and, hopefully, much more than this. Do you have memories and experiences that you will cherish the rest of your lives? We hope so.

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