By: Elizabeth Akincilar
PHRC is going to Nairobi, Kenya!
I’m excited to announce that PHRC will be sharing their passion and knowledge for pelvic health in Nairobi, Kenya, in February 2020! Myself, PHRC’s Rachel Gelman, PT, DPT and Shannon Pacella, PT, DPT will have the privilege of teaching Pelvic Floor 3 to Kenyan Physical Therapists through the Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) in Nairobi, Kenya.
This program at KMTC was started approximately six years ago by physical therapist, Richard Jackson and the Jackson Clinics Foundation. Initially, the program’s focus was orthopedic manual therapy, two years later they offered a neuro based program, and then, in the spring of 2019, the women’s health program began. The goal of this program is for the Kenyan KMTC faculty to eventually teach all of these courses within six years. The orthopedic program has recently transitioned to being entirely Kenyan taught. Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehab Institute has graciously agreed to support this exciting program with curriculum and instructors.
The women’s health course will likely consist of four levels. Each course is two weeks in length with approximately 30 students, two instructors and a lab assistant. The first course, PF1, taught in March 2019 by Nancy Cullinane, PT, Terri Lannigan, PT, DPT, and Kathy Golic, PT was very well received. The second course, PF2, will be taught in October 2019 by Kathy Golic, PT, Sherine Aubert, PT, DPT and Casie Danenhauer, PT, DPT.
When Richard Jackson presented this opportunity to us we immediately knew we wanted to be a part of this program. Educating the community and our fellow professionals is a primary component of PHRC’s Mission Statement. We’re grateful for the many opportunities we’ve been given over the years to participate in educational programs across the western world. But to be given the opportunity to share our knowledge and skills with a professional community that has such limited resources to this type of education is especially exciting and meaningful.
The course the Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center will bring to Kenya will truly be in our wheelhouse. We will focus our curriculum on the physical therapy management of pelvic pain diagnoses. Treating pelvic pain has always been our greatest strength as a company and definitely my personal comfort zone as a clinician as well as an educator.
This project is a significant undertaking and is a humanitarian effort. All instructor time, course materials, and supplies are donated. Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehab Institute is raising funds to offset the cost of printing manuals for participants in the October course, so that they may have a printed resource to reference long after the course is over. Please consider giving to help this project spread awareness of and access to pelvic healthcare around the globe!
Donations can be made online at the Jackson Clinics Foundation and are tax deductible. If you are interested in donating supplies or teaching in Kenya, please contact Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehab Institute here.
We’re proud and very grateful to announce that our friends at Good Clean Love, Ohnut, UVee, and Blush Novelties have already committed to donating to our course! Thank you to Good Clean Love for donating samples of personal lubricants and personal wash and Blush Novelties for donating silicone dilator sets!
Stay tuned to learn more about our pelvic health adventure in Africa in early 2020!