Volunteer Name: Matt Krueger
Background: US Marines & Athletic Trainer
WAMM Title: GHO Policy Director
Projects: Sports Medicine Seminar & Gender Programming
Achievements: Facilitated Biggest Impact In An Emerging Area
I chose to volunteer with WAMM because I wanted to work with a population more in need, and to have a rewarding experience while doing so. As an athletic trainer I was used to working with privileged populations who already had all their healthcare needs met. Looking for a bigger challenge, I decided to apply my skills as an athletic trainer to a population in need.
My military experience really set the tone for wanting to work at a global level in a health related field. During patrols in Iraq, I had the opportunity to ask Iraqis about their living situations. I asked how their drinking water was, if they needed medications, or if there was anything we could do to help. This however was not the way I wanted to help people in a career because I had no say in how we were able to help them. So after my four years in the military, I chose to obtain an undergraduate degree in athletic training. I was drawn towards the immediate level of healthcare interaction I could have with people at the undergraduate level. I was able to work with athletes of all ages on the ground and in the clinic providing immediate care to injuries along with injury evaluation and rehabilitation.
What i Did
Matts Blog (Click Here)
Matts Flickr Album
Facilitating A Sports Medicine Seminar
I went to Sierra Leone to get away from athletics, but in retrospect I'm extremely glad for the opportunity to organize a sports medicine seminar. There were more than 40 people in attendance, including coaches, athletes, students, and representatives from the Ministry of Youth & Sports.
people in Sierra Leone suffered from a mental disorder in the past year
Is the treatment gap for those defined do have severe mental disorders in Sierra Leone.