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NEEDED: Medical Professionals to support Fundraising Marathon (May 2014)

 

street child charitySTREET CHILD are looking for assorted medics and also a Medical Director* to provide cover for this fundraising event in the world’s 10th poorest country and help improve the lives of vulnerable children in West Africa.

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The Street Child of Sierra Leone Marathon 2014 is an ambitious project and we need medical help to stage it.   It’s more than just a run.  We invite runners to join Street Child in Makeni, Sierra Leone to see and assist with the work we do in country, and to get involved with the local community.  All of this takes place in a developing country with a basic medical infrastructure.

The race covers tough but beautiful terrain, invariably with high temperatures and humidity.  The route is classed as a category “black” marathon – a marathon where serious consideration should be taken to safety provision.  For this reason medical support is vital.  Over the last 2 years, under the guidance of the Medical Director, groups of medical professionals from across the world have travelled to Sierra Leone to help out.  When joined by local medics and nurses, mining corporation paramedics and medical students, this team have provided essential cover to the marathon.  More importantly, previous teams can testify that they have have had an amazing adventure, providing a great talking point for grand rounds on their return!

Most of the action for the medical team takes place on race day, where teams set up makeshift medical stations around the course, providing first line medical care to the runners.  This is co-ordinated from Medical HQ, the headquarters for ongoing treatment, and communication centre to each of the medical stations.

Sierra Leone is very much a developing country – supplies and equipment are limited and expertise is varied.  This is a challenge, but one worth taking on.  Outside of race day, the medical team will be involved in procuring equipment, medical briefings to international runners, and manning clinics offered to local runners on registration day.  Another important job for the team is spending time chatting to the runners before the race, providing reassurance and advice, usually over a local beer!

We would like people who like the sound of this event to travel out to Sierra Leone for between 1 and 2 weeks to help us organise the 2014 Sierra Leone Marathon.  We do ask that you fund your own trip (flights and accommodation only, all transport and meals will be free) but in return we will give you your own ‘experience of a lifetime’ seeing and assisting with Street Child projects in urban and rural Sierra Leone, taking part in a week of festivities in Makeni and you still get to finish on a high joining our West African beach party and 2 night beach hut retreat!

Dates are pretty flexible, the marathon is on Sunday 25th May so an 8 day trip could fly Wed 21st May and return Wed 28th May 2014.  Direct 6 hour flights from London are available from Gambia Bird Airlines and BA.

For more information, photos and videos please look at www.sierraleonemarathon.com and www.facebook.com/sierraleonemarathon.

To enquire or apply please send your details to info@sierraleonemarathon.com.

 *For applications to the role of Medical Director, the role will be to provide leadership and direction to the medical team.  A return flight from London will also be provided.  Minimum dates Mon 19th – Wed 28th May 14.

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Heat related injuries in extreme desert conditions

Operating in extremely hot conditions creates a unique set of medical risks. In the link is the medical outline – for non medics, regarding those risks from the Namibia Ultra Marathon training guide.

DEHYDRATION
Dehydration is the most common heat related illness – in fact, it is thought that dehydration could be the single greatest threat to the health of an athlete. When training regularly and for long distances, fluid intake should be made a priority. You must drink fluids all day – not just during training.

Don’t depend on feeling thirsty to tell you when to drink. Thirst is a late response of the body to fluid depletion. Once you feel thirsty, you are already low on fluids. The best indicator of proper fluid levels is urine output and colour. Ample urine that is light coloured to clear shows that the body has plenty of fluid.

Dark urine means that the body is low on water, and is trying to conserve its supply by hoarding fluid which means that urine becomes more concentrated (thereby darker).

Dehydration can be the cause of feelings of fatigue or exhaustion – at all times watch out for signs of dehydration and take on water regularly through out the day.

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