Making Ready …

XIIth International Conference on Acute Care

21-23 February (Nursing), 28 February-2 March 2019 (Physicians)

Volunteers for our next Conference are getting ready for the trip to Cochabamba. We will be starting our 12th International Conference on Acute Care. Currently we have over 20 volunteers scheduled to travel. Topics will cover Hypertension, Diabetes Management, Stroke, Infectious Disease, Climate Change and Emergency Medicine, Suicide, and more. We are expecting over 200 attendees of nurses and doctors.

Volunteers are invited to attend our next Pre-Trip Question and Answer Meeting,

Date and Time: Thursday, January 31 at 6:30p.

location: the home of Brooks Donald, 691 Osceola Avenue, Saint Paul, 55105


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Pre-Hospital Trauma Management Course

MELA completed its second Pre-Hospital Trauma Management Course November  7, 2018.  The course, in Cochabamba, Bolivia trained 40 prehospital and rural healthcare providers. The support from Mano a Mano Bolivia. helped to make the course a success.

MELA wish to thank the volunteer medical educators, Paul Haller,MD; Lisa Lau Haller, PA-C; Paul Bartz, EMT-P; Jesse Dolney, EMT-P; and Dr. Juan Paublo Escalera. An awesome job was done by all. Also, a HUGE Thank You to our interpreters, Dr. Karol, Dr. Pablo, Dr. Guillermo, Student Dr. Alejandra, and the volunteers from Spain, Efrén and Carmen. They did a fantastic job interpreting and translating for our US team!!

MELA would also like to thank our host, Mano a Mano-Bolivia for coordinating our visit and the conference.


MELA Sponsored New Health Clinics in Bolivia

COMPLETED! CANDELARIA AND VILLA ROSARIO

Mano a Mano Bolivia has completed the Candelaria clinic Expansion Project and the new clinic at Villa Rosario. Both clinics are doing a fantastic job of providing improved healthcare to their respective local populations.

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MELA Board Meeting Update

The next MELA Board meeting is scheduled for JANUARY 31, 2019 at 5:30pm. Our Pre-Trip meeting of volunteers will follow. Location: 691 Osceola Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55105

Next Meeting: to be announced

Our current Board consist of: Carson Harris (Director), Jessica Sandberg, W. Brooks Donald (Treasurer), Joan Kreider (Secretary), and Peter Tanghe.

We build partnerships through medical education

MELA is dedicated to the continuing education and the teaching of life-saving skills to providers in Latin America.  Our teams of medical professionals develop meaningful and strong  relationships with NGOs having healthcare interests. We partner with those organizations having a commitment to improving the healthcare of their communities and country. Please join one of our teams and contribute to global health education.

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Dr. Paul teaching principles of pediatric trauma.

Dr. Paul teaching principles of pediatric trauma.

Students take a Pre-test prior to training, and a Post-test at completion of course.

Students take a Pre-test prior to training, and a Post-test at completion of course.

Managing a femur fracture when you have limited or no resourses.

Managing a femur fracture when you have limited or no resourses.

MCI - triage exercise using Beanie Babies (credit: Megan Baustian)

MCI - triage exercise using Beanie Babies (credit: Megan Baustian)