Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Vanderbilt Nursing School selected by WHO for health care partnership in Latin America

The Nashville City Paper reports in this story that the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing has entered into a partnership with a regional arm of the World Health Organization to improve care in Latin America through education and telemedicine.

"The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) — the regional arm of the World Health Organization (WHO) — has selected the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing as its newest collaborating center in the United States."

“'The parties will carry out [health care] activities in Latin America and the Caribbean with the possibility of adding additional areas in the future,' said Betsy Weiner, associate director, International Nursing Coalition for Mass Casualty Education (INCMCE) at the VU School of Nursing."

"Focal points of the collaboration will include emergency preparedness; disaster relief in areas such as training, assessment, education; and health workforce shortage especially in nursing, bioethics, e-health and telemedicine."

"Another issue Garcia highlighted is the growing occurrences of obesity and diabetes in Latin American countries and the resulting diabetic retinopathy. In other words, more and more people are suffering partial or complete blindness as a result of being overweight, along with heightened levels of blood sugar."

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