MALVERN, Pa., Sept. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Association for
the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC) is leading the development of
guidelines for the global treatment of wounds and lymphedema at the request
of the World Health Organization (WHO). The collaboration will
significantly enhance the delivery of modern wound and lymphedema care to
resource-poor countries. Recommendations have been provided by AAWC to WHO
in the form of a White Paper entitled, Best Practice Recommendations for
Wound and Lymphedema Management. To be published in six languages, the
recommendations will provide the foundation for educational programs and
clinical practice guidelines for providers and organizations around the
An initial draft of the recommendations was accepted by Kingsley
Asiedu, M.D., representing WHO, at a meeting in Geneva, Switzerland on
March 5-6, 2008. Site visits in Ghana, Sierra Leone, and Tanzania are
scheduled to enable further translation of the White Paper into applicable
clinical guidelines. Pilot studies will be conducted to evaluate and
monitor the effectiveness of the final recommendations.
Chronic wounds are considered the new "Hidden Epidemic" affecting large
portions of the world's population. Lymphedema affects over 300 million
people. In resource-poor countries, the education and tools to prevent and
manage these problems are often lacking.
AAWC's outreach program entitled, "AAWC Global Alliance" seeks to
establish partnerships with other organizations in order to advance the
practice of wound care in resource-poor areas. This new partnership with
WHO will significantly advance AAWC's global mission.
Additionally, AAWC, in partnership with Health Volunteers Overseas
(HVO), will be developing teaching templates for future volunteers who will
train health professionals in resource poor areas to implement
evidence-based treatment plans. These templates will provide strategies for
teaching health care providers at primary, secondary and field levels.
Contributors to the White Paper include Chairman John Macdonald, M.D. -
USA; Mary Jo Geyer, PT, Ph.D. - USA; Robert Kirsner, M.D., Ph.D. - USA;
Terry Treadwell, M.D. - USA; Laura Bolton, Ph.D. - USA; William Ennis, DO -
USA; Gary Sibbald, M.D. - Canada; Heather Orstead, RN - Canada; David
Keast, M.D. - Canada; Terrence Ryan, M.D. - England.
ABOUT AAWC - AAWC is the largest, not-for-profit, multi-specialty
organization in the United States dedicated to the research and clinical
application of evidence-based wound care.
SOURCE Association for the Advancement of Wound Care