3rd Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser for Rivers and Bridges Arizona
- Saturday, April 28, 2018
- 7:30 AM 12:30 PM
The mission of Rivers and Bridges Arizona is to empower young professionals from Central Asia through mentorship and leadership development to build the democratic and economically vibrant country that they envision. Our focus is on building bridges and making connections between the medical communities here in the United States and in Central Asia.
Why is this so important? Although their country has made many economic improvements over the years, they are still suffering in the area of medical care. In the rural areas, it is very difficult to get the life saving medical care they so desperately need. The doctors that are in the rural areas are generally past retirement age but are still required to work because the need is so great. Another issue they encounter is the lack of medical diagnostic equipment. These rural doctors have no way to schedule an MRI or other important medical tests because they are simply not available. Many people die from preventable conditions because of this lack of medical personnel and resources.
However, this past fall, Rivers and Bridges Arizona brought out a team of leaders to participate in some very innovative medical training right here at the Z Mansion in Tucson, Arizona. Tom and Em Hill have spent many years perfecting this specialized training and are currently teaching it to medical students at the University of Arizona. People come from all over the USA to learn from Tom and Em. What is so special about their training? It does not rely on any high tech medical equipment. The members of the team from Kyrgyzstan were so excited about this training that they have requested more training be done with the doctors and other medical professionals in their own country.
We are so excited to now be planning for a 5-month training done by Tom and Em Hill of the Z mansion to take place in Kyrgyzstan. They will training local doctors, who are working through their internships, that have an interest in working with the rural communities. At the end of this training RBA will sponsor a special conference, to be taught by these local doctors, in villages where community health workers, doctors, and citizens will learn these life-saving techniques.
Pictures taken during the medical training at Z Mansion with Tom Hill and the team visiting from Central Asia. Click on the edges of the pictures to see all the pictures.