Objectives: A magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck Nepal on April 25, 2015where many lost their lives and numerous others were injured. This has increased the number of people with trauma-related injuries including traumatic brain injury. Mercy Malaysia, one of the non-governmental organizations from Malaysia who responded to the call for help dispatched a rehabilitation team to assist in providing comprehensive care for various groups of patients such as those suffering from traumatic brain injury. The objective of this mission was to deliver acquired brain injury rehab training course whilst building local workforce capacity at National Trauma Centre, Kathmandu,Nepal.
A short course with lectures and hands-on workshops was conducted for 5 days(16 – 20 July 2018), followed by Train-the-Trainer program for the next 7 days(21 – 27 July 2018). The rehabilitation training team included 2 rehabilitation physicians , 1 physiotherapist, 1 occupational therapist, 1 speech therapist and 1 nurse. Post-training survey questionnaire was used to assess training outcome.
Brenda Saria Yuliawiratman– Rehabilitation Physician, Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz
Nor Azira Ismail– Rehabilitation Physician, Daehan Rehabilitation Services Sdn. Bhd.
Nur Farihan Ishak– Occupational Therapist, University Malaya Medical Centre
Thurairaj Manoharan– Physiotherapist, University Malaya Medical Centre
Siti Amirah Mat Saad– Speech Therapist, University Malaya Medical Centre
Masniza Mustaffa– Health Coordinator (Medical Unit), Mercy Malaysia
Ohnmar Htwe– Associate Professor, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Manimalar Naicker– Consultant Pathologist, University of Malaya
Amaramalar Naicker– Professor, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia