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Post-Polio Health (ISSN 1066-5331)

Vol. 19, No. 2, Spring 2003

Training in Peru

photo of founders of the Peruvian Polio Society and Drs. Halstead and Maynard.

(left to right) Jose Isola, Virginia Walls, PT, María Fasabi, Lauro S. Halstead, MD, Frederick M. Maynard, MD, and Marilu Montero.

Marilu Montero and Jose Isola, founders of the Sociedad Peruana de Polio (Peruvian Polio Society), invited Lauro S. Halstead, MD, and Virginia S. Walls, PT, National Rehabilitation Hospital, Washington, DC, and Frederick M. Maynard, MD, Marquette, Michigan, to organize training about the late effects of polio for health care professionals in Lima. They examined 30 post-polio people who were selected for their interesting and broad array of typical, challenging, complex medical and rehabilitative problems.

The team from the States examined the polio survivors with the Peruvian health professionals observing on the first two days. The twelve Peruvian doctors and seven therapists examined patients on the last two days, with the team watching, critiquing and discussing management strategies. Several of the professionals and their administrative leaders plan to organize a post-polio clinic, where doctors and therapists will expand their experience and knowledge about post-polio problems.

The Sociedad Peruana de Polio also received some support from their District Rotarians to buy wheelchairs, crutches and other equipment that people need but cannot afford to buy.

Training in Colombia and Jamaica

Armand E. Zilioli, MD, orthopedic surgeon and polio survivor, of the VA Hospital in Saint Petersburg, Florida, was a visiting lecturer on post-polio in Barranquilla, Columbia, last year. He lectured in Spanish to over 75 medical school professors, physical and occupational therapists, as well as clinicians. He made rounds of the OT and PT facilities at their children's hospital and reviewed a number of clinical facilities.

He also was the guest lecturer at the Sir Robert Golding Rehabilitation facility in Kingston, Jamaica, where he examined polio patients.

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