"Buen vivir" through integrated health care: optimizing intercultural collaboration in rural areas in Ecuador. 13/03/2016 - 30/04/2021

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"Buen vivir" through integrated health care: optimizing intercultural collaboration in rural areas in Ecuador. Ethnic communities living in Ecuador's SENPLADES zones 6-7 (Amazone and Andes region) have limited access to medical health care. Traditional health care is part of the daily life. There is little cooperation between medical and traditional caregivers. In this project we study the needs and the conditions which compromise intercultural health care in the communities, and provide concrete measures of effective implementation of intercultural integration, in the medical curriculum at UTPL and other universities, as well as for practitioners in the field. The project has 3 parts: A research part where gaps and needs of healthcare in the field are investigated and described. The second phase is an implementation study. The research is performed by a PhD student from UTPL Loja. A medical education part where the curriculum at UTPL Loja implements cultural competences and intercultural communication, use of portfolio and distance education. A capacity building part at UTPL with a Phd trajectory, staff training and scholarships exchange. A capacity building part in the communities with optimizing intercultural collaboration

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To strengthen and build on medical curriculum reform at the UTPL (EI) with emphasis on distance education and modern concepts of learning. 31/12/2013 - 31/12/2015

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The scope of this project is to support medical curriculum reform at the UTPL with emphasis on modern teaching concepts, and to extend this reform to other universities which is in line with the MoH strategy.

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Improving and strenghtening quality for Family Medicine training in Ecuador, using capacity building and distance learning. 01/01/2010 - 31/12/2013

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The aim of the project is to improve Primary Health Care and Family Medicine (PHC/FM) in Ecuador. This will be achieved by training family physicians who contribute to primary interdisciplinary health care services, oriented towards the real needs of patients, their family and their community. For this the project has 3 dimensions: research, capacity building and extension. In the first phase, research will include defining indicators for PCH/FM and for medical education in Ecuador. Building, implementing and evaluating a PHC/FM oriented medical curriculum at the local partner university will increase the capacity and the performance of trained doctors on different levels: undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing Medical Education. In the project, 3 PhD will evaluate the effect of the renewal of the curriculum on different aspects, and will be trained and incorporated as teachers and researchers in health care areas, strenghtening the research capacity at the local and national level. Finally, networking will be essnetial to ensure the sustainability of the results of the project. This will include the dissemination of the results of our project towards the different involved stakeholders.

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