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APROQUEN and CABEI Train Physicians in Physiotherapeutic Massage Techniques

From June 8 to 12, APROQUEN hosted the first session of the “Development of Massage Protocols and Scar Evaluation” training, as a part of the Regional Program for the Treatment, Rehabilitation, Training and Prevention of Children suffering from burns in Central America that APROQUEN supports along with the Central American Bank of Economic Integration (CABEI).

The training session aimed to achieve a standard physiotherapeutic massage technique to improve scar flexibility in burn patients from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

“The first thing we did was define the techniques. The participants shared their experiences and each of them contributed to the training with their knowledge. Therefore, we all were able to learn and define exactly what we do in everyday practice,” said Ingrid Parry, Master of Science in Physical Therapy at Shriners Hospital in California.
This is the first of many trainings about massage techniques in which we hope to build a treatment protocol for the five countries involved.

“This experience has been rewarding. As we see results in the recovery of our patients, the benefit of attending trainings like these becomes indisputable. This is the third time that I have received training through APROQUEN. I am thankful to all involved, especially the people who support this program, because it motivates me as a specialist,” said Evelyn Brenes, physical therapist and Master of Integral Health and Human Movement at Costa Rica’s national children’s hospital.

The Regional Program for the Treatment, Rehabilitation, Training and Prevention of Children suffering from burns in Central America started in 2003 as an initiative of APROQUEN, in conjunction with BCIE, to address the needs in the Central American Region according to the situation of pediatric burn victims.

Over the past 24 years, APROQUEN has treated thousands of children suffering burn accidents and their symptoms, as well as congenital malformations such as cleft lip and palate in Nicaragua and Central America.