THE MEKONG DELTA 2017 individual report
Etsuko Yoshikawa (Department of Nursing, Japanese Red Cross Collage of Nursing, Japan)
First of all, I would like to say many thanks to the Management Committee of Mekong Delta 2017 and its efforts in the coordination. I am also thankful to all the participants for their contribution and active participation during the MD 2017.
The Mekong Delta 2017 program has concluded successfully with many valuable experiences and wonderful memories. Although could attend the Mekong Delta program many times, I could always discover something new in this program. I would like to mention 3 main impressive points experienced through this program.
First, the major result of this program was the establishment of the program procedures for the WISE HELATH program. The program contents was well arranged and helped the participants understand workplace environment improvements and PAOT methods.
Second, we have developed useful training toolkits for the WISE HEALT program, such as an action checklist and the viewing materials (Powerpoint slides). We try to make modifications in some illustrations to complete the training materials. However, I think some improvements were needed to promote active involvement of participants (nurses and health care staff members). This is because the toolkits have strong power to stimulate participants’ motivation to improve workplace environment. We have to collect more good practice photos into the toolkits by follow-up activities.
Third, we have to advance cooperation and network-building among all participants of Mekong Delta 2017. We try to spread and apply the PAOT methods at our professional area for implementing necessary improvements. And to do that, I hope to keep in touch with and strengthen our PAOT network.
Finally, I would like to say many thanks again to all the participants, staff members of the organizing committee and the many Vietnamese colleagues. All the foreign participants were staying in Can Tho City with safety and comfort. Many thanks for the warm hospitality and generosity by the organizing committee and all the Vietnamese participants.
I am looking forward to seeing everyone again in the next Mekong Delta program.
Naoki Toyama (Tokyo Occupational Safety and Health Center,Japan)
I was impressed by the enthusiasm and the growing appearance of the participants. All of you became the PAOT facilitators. Thank you and congratulations!
I was a participant of Mekong Delta 2002, 15 years ago. At that time, My friend Masahiro Kasahara also participated. He was my good friend, and he was a worker of the Tokyo garbage management office. In Mekong Delta 2002, we organized a WIND (Work Improvements in Neighborhood Development) workshop in Song Hau Farm. We learned a lot in the workshop about PAOT training for farmers. After Mekong Delta 2002, my friend tried to improve his workplace, because garbage collecting work was dangerous and caused injury, car accidents and also low back pain. He tried his best, but he died of cancer in August 2007.
He was fighting against cancer and it was a hard time. I tried to encourage him saying "Let's go to Mekong delta together again". But we couldn’t do so. Then 15 years later I visited Song Hau Farm again in this Mekong Delta program. Wind of the Mekong was blowing, kind and honest farmers surrounded me just like in old days. I felt my friend closely again. Even now I am in grief. But I hope he is satisfied, because many facilitators like you have grown up and active in many Asian countries.
Thank you again, thank you for your participation.