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Transplanting Oriental Medicine
to the Mayan Altiplano
by George Chachis
Volunteer Oriental medicine practitioners and students are increasingly joining traditional health delivery assistance programs, reaching out to people around the world who have little or no available health care. Like the Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) that have gone before them, the ultimate goal of these new outreach health volunteers is to engage local groups as proactive health care participants, not as mere passive patients. However, such commendable goals don't always work as expected. A recent startup NGO, Healer2Healer, is developing a different approach, working with local groups in Guatemala and elsewhere to foster self-reliance from the very beginning of each project, rather than hoping to transition at some later date.
Guatemala is an appropriate place to start such an effort. As a result of the collapse of international agency assistance in the last few decades, NGOs have now represent the lion's share of health care outreach in Guatemala. During the 1970s, international organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) attempted to funnel health care funds through the central government. Those efforts stopped after 10 years because...READ MORE.
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