CPI's Trauma Program: supporting community heroes, building community trust

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Trauma medics hike for days, sometimes even weeks through mountainous jungle to reach training sites on the Thailand-Myanmar border

Listen to CPI's trauma program director, Dr. Larry Stock, talk about delivering trauma care in a war zone, below.

"Our partner trauma medics, who work in rugged, isolated and dangerous conditions with the threat of landmines, arrest and severe shortages of supplies, are the definition of heroism," says Dr. Stock, director of the Trauma Management Program for Community Partners International. For more than a decade, Dr. Stock has returned twice a year to the Thailand-Myanmar border to lead trainings for medics who are often the sole health care providers in conflict-affected eastern Myanmar. The more advanced medics have become educators in their own right, returning to their communities and training less experienced health care workers, building sustainable local skills, capacity and trust.

Trauma care in eastern Myanmar provides more than emergency response, says Dr. Stock. It earns medics a level of community trust that helps combat eastern Myanmar's bigger killers: malaria and infectious disease, malnutrition, pregnancy-related illness.

For more on Dr. Stock: "Medical Alert" — a Los Angeles Times profile on emergency care on the Thailand-Myanmar border vs. in the United States.

The Life of A Trauma Medic: "No backup out there"

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"The Definition of Heroism"

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