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Nov 11, 2019

BAPDA Hosts a Caregivers’ Training with Team Canada Healing Hands

Team Canada Healing Hands is back in Belize. The organization is working along with the Belize Assembly for Persons with Diverse Abilities to train persons on how to take care of prosthetic devices, a much needed area of medical care for Belizeans who rely on prosthesis to carry on their normal lives. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.


Duane Moody, Reporting

Some seventeen persons including members of the Belize Assembly for Persons with Diverse Abilities are participating in a caregivers training at the Samuel Haynes Institute of Excellence in Belize City. With assistance from professionals from Team Canada Healing Hands, the participants are learning about prosthetic maintenance and repairs as well as education about equipment including wheelchair set up and adjustments. It is a much needed level of care, says BAPDA VP, Steve Miles.


Steve Miles

Steve Miles, Vice President, BAPDA

“The training is about fixing wheelchairs, knowing how to use a prosthetic leg and how to fix it if you need to. Also we have different organizations that came to learn about these things. So it is a good thing. And I think the people from Canada are good people and teaching us so that we can go ahead if we see somebody with a prosthetic leg that needs to be fixed, we can always help them and fix it for them. We need a lot more people in our department, in our organization so that we could care for more people. We have lot of elderly people with diabetes and they are losing their limbs; some people are young and losing their limbs to motorcycle accidents. So the more people come aboard, the better for us.”


Team Canada Healing Hands is a charity organization that started back in 2002, travelling to Haiti to provide care. It readily spread to other parts of the region and began its mission to Belize back in 2012. It missed some years of coming to Belize, but the team, headed by Ruth Duggan is back in the Jewel. Duggan says that they are also teaching the participants about basic skin care.


Ruth Duggan

Ruth Duggan, Lead, Team Canada Healing Hands

“What we do is that we get in touch with BAPDA administration and we talk to them about what the needs are at that particular time and I pull together a team of health professionals: physiotherapist; this time we have a prosthetist, we have a nurse, occupational therapist and equipment technicians. This particular time we were asked to do some training for equipment maintenance, prosthetic maintenance and care. And then we add on other things that are also helpful like skin care because when you are sitting in a wheelchair or using a prosthesis, you also have risk of breakdown of your skin which can lead to other complications. So we are looking at the big picture.”


The training is a great opportunity says BAPDA member, Noel Young. He uses a prosthetic leg, but is also studying to take over Belize Prosthetic Hope International based in Orange Walk. Young believes that the training teaches him how to be more sociable and work with helping others who are in his situation.


Noel Young

Noel Young, Participant

“I am going for my associate’s degree in prosthetics and orthotics to eventually take over the position at B.H.I. in Orange Walk. And what this does for me is to help me to be more sociable with people and also it teaches me the basics in terms of taking care of the skin and other stuff that I am not able to learn because I don’t have the time.”


Duane Moody for News Five.

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