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ADA Member Involved with Central American Medical Outreach

Malnutrition takes many lives in Honduras. ADA member Bobbie Randall, RD, a CAMO-certified nutritionist, travels to Honduras to work with institutions to improve menus and communication with medical professionals.

In collaboration with their counterparts, the nutritionists are working to break the cycle of malnutrition and provide food in a clean environment. Read on to hear more about how Ms. Randall became involved with this program and the impact she has made.

When did you first get involved with Central American Medical Outreach and how many trips have you made to Honduras?

I have been a supporter of the Central American Medical Outreach for over 15 years through my friends and church. Often, I asked Kathy Tscheigg, the founder and director of CAMO, if she needed a nutritionist for the program. Finally in 2008, she invited me to accompany the medical team to Honduras. My 2012 trip will be my fourth annual trip to Santa Rosa de Copan in Western Honduras to improve nutrition and sanitation.

Can you describe your outreach efforts?

Being both an RD and Certified Diabetes Educator, my first year (2009) was spent teaching basic diabetes meal planning and cooking classes at the CAMO-sponsored trade school. This year, I traveled along with Deb Marino, PhD, RD, professor of nutrition at the University of Akron. We spent half of the day teaching medical residents and nurses about basic nutrition principles and diabetes. The other half of the day was spent visiting the hospital kitchen, wards and day care kitchen. We discussed the food service menu and delivery system with hospital administrators and physicians.

Please share your most memorable experience.

While teaching diabetes one day, I was pulled from class to assess a new Type 1 in the pediatric ward. The girl was 17 and walked miles from her home in the mountains to seek medical help. Not all of the guidelines of the Diabetes Self-Management Training applied to her situation. Adapting to her food availability and physical exertion routine was a challenge. The staff had learned a lot about diabetes self-management from my recommendations.

What are your future goals with the program?

Gastric parasites causing intestinal obstructions and other food borne illnesses have been suspected in affecting the patient population. The Infection Control Physician at the hospital points to the dietary department as the source of multiple complications and deaths. CAMO is striving to rectify this situation with stricter sanitation and food preparation techniques. Thus our goal for 2012 is to completely revamp the primitive food service preparation and delivery system.

How has being a member of ADA helped you do this very important work?

Networking with other ADA members has been vital to the progress of the CAMO nutrition project. The therapeutic resources and standards have made our efforts universally accepted by the international health care teams.

Learn more about the Central American Medical Outreach Program »

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