Health Care Delivery gets additional skills through the Biopsycho-Social Rehabilitation Approach

DPI/GINA, GUYANA, Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Dexter George, Aruni Shamnarine and Ariane Mangar are the first Guyanese students who successfully completed their Post-Graduate Diploma in “Biopsycho-Social Rehabilitation Approach” through the Agency for International Cooperation (ACCID) in Santiago, Chile. The Chile Ambassador to Guyana, Claudio Rojas Rachel on June 29, 2017 held a certification presentation ceremony for the students at the Embassy on Brummel Place, Georgetown.

Chilean Ambassador to Guyana, Claudio Rojas Rachel, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Karen Boyle, Dexter George and Aruni Shamnarine, Ariane Mangar Representative and a Representative from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Dexter George and Aruni Shamnarine said that they will take their skills and knowledge from the training and work in the community with persons living with disabilities.

They both noted that most times persons do not take time to understand or even recognise that persons with disabilities are still normal people; adding that they will also ensure persons with disabilities are seen as meaningful contributors to society, using their training.

Ambassador Rojas Rachel noted that the exchange programme opens opportunities for Guyanese to understand the way of life and the realities of Chile.

Guyana, for too long has been looking to the Caribbean for its, “historical perspectives and heritage” but forgetting that it is a South American Nation country, Ambassador Rojas Rachel said.

“It is important for you, that the uniqueness of Guyana being the only South American Country that speak English. Instead of we putting a barrier it could be something positive to enhance our relationship. It could be something positive also to build and to construct on the base of diversity,” Ambassador Rojas Rachel noted.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Karen Boyle who represented the Minister of Public Health, Volda Lawrence highlighted that the Diploma in Biopsycho-Social Rehabilitation now allows the students to not only look after the biophysical aspect of rehabilitation process but a more integrated way of managing people; recognising that they just don’t have a physical body but there is a social and mental aspect to it.

“We recognise that one of the things that we will have to put in place is to ensure that they have other specialists that can work along with them such as social workers, mental health specialists who can be part of an integrated team that coordinate management of the patients,” Dr. Boyle explained.

Agency for International Cooperation (ACID) is an American organization, founded on notions of interdependence and international solidarity. It promotes a sustainable development approach to enable disadvantaged populations to cope with many social issues on a global scale.


By: Delon Sancho

Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Karen Boyle.

Chilean Ambassador to Guyana, Claudio Rojas Rachel.