Our expert says:
I applaud your initiative, I think it's great.
I must confess that I don't know where one would go to do this, what the costs are and who does it - I'm down in Cape Town and couldn't be geographically further away! I don't even know of such a course in Cape Town.
On a conceptual note, however, I wonder whether doing a physical exam on children would pick up the issues that require further medical attention? The problem is that you would be able to do a basic assessment, but the problems may be underlying, undetected without equipment.
Nevertheless, I think there is value in a basic physical exam, and I would look at contacting that hospital to ask them about training. It's only really the medical profession that would be able to suggest how to go about this.
The other option I can give you is to contact Discovery Health - they have done a lot of work with school children to assess physical activity. It's not medical, but rather physical activity, and it would be a good start. So perhaps contact Discovery Health and speak to them - they already have a campaign there.
Oh, and then finally, try to contact the University of Limpopo. We (UCT) have had some dealings with them on physical activity in rural Limpopo, and they may be able to help with basic physical assessments.
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