Working in Shanxi for over 20 years, the enduring focus of the Evergreen Medical Team has been to bring about transformation by working within existing structures and in cooperation with government health agencies to enhance the delivery of medical and public health services. Another major priority has been the training of Chinese staff and leadership with the ultimate goal of handing over the work.
Evergreen is involved in the following areas of medical work:
Evergreen physicians are licensed to practice in China and provide care using Mandarin Chinese. Currently, two doctors provide clinical care in a Yangqu hospital’s out-patient department and one provides clinical care at a community health station in Taiyuan. Some of our doctors also provide continuing medical education to local doctors and training medical residents, as well as expatriate medical students and residents.
Prenatal Care and Lactation Consulting
A Dutch midwife/lactation consultant joined Evergreen’s medical work in 2000. Since 2013 her focus has been on lactation training for hospital staff, support for breastfeeding mothers in the hospital and at home, and teaching antenatal classes at several hospitals. Though based in Yangqu, together with a Chinese colleague, she has started to develop lactation work in Taiyuan, too. She also has a website that provides expectant and new mothers with accurate information about pregnancy, labor and delivery, breastfeeding, and the postnatal period. For more information, visit www.yunfuxuexiao.net.
Rehabilitation work began in 2010 in the much-needed area of stroke rehabilitation and has since expanded to working through home health, community health service centers, and the rehab departments of local hospitals to provide care to patients and encourage therapists as they improve their skills. The team consists of a physical therapist and a chiropractor based in Taiyuan. They also contribute to the SOAR Project, providing support for the orphans and their caregivers on a weekly basis.
From the start of Evergreen’s medical work, the medical team has conducted public health and epidemiological research and surveys to inform our clinical and health education work. The results help us to understand the situation and better plan our projects to meet needs in appropriate ways. The public health projects also give us opportunities to work with, inform, and train local partners in research methods.
Evergreen’s Samaritan Program helps pay for diagnostic tests, surgeries, or medicines for selected patients who are already on the brink of poverty, and for whom medical expenses would be financially crippling. Through our social worker and physicians, the Samaritan Program also provides patients with compassionate care and sound guidance concerning their medical treatment.