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== About Us==
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==Medical Restrictions & Which Countries They Serve==
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“Bringing the Experience Home”
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This list is a list of conditions that can lead to a Peace Corps medical restriction. By clicking on the link, you'll be taken to a page that lists the countries people with that condition have gone to in the past. Please note that this was compiled through a survey, so this list is in no way complete and is entirely subject to change due to (a) evaluations made case by case, and (b) the ever changing availability of care in different countries.
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RPCV/W is a volunteer-run organization representing the sizable community of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and friends who live and work in the DC metropolitan region. They undertake 3-4 events per month and focus on three primary activities.
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''To add to this list, go to edit the page, and there will be a big list of condition names enclosed with "|" and "[[" and "]" Find the first "Add" and replace the word "Add" with your condition. Save. The new updated page should now list your condition, only in a red link. Click your condition in the red link. It'll take you to a brand new blank edit page. From there, you can use the same format the other condition pages use to write which country accepted it, and which didn't''
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| align="center" | [[Arrhythmia]] || [[Asthma]] || [[Diabetes, T-1]] || [[Diabetes, T-2]]
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| rowspan="1" align="center"| [[Epilepsy]]
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| [[Gluten Intolerance]]
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| [[Intrauterine Device (IUD)]]
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| [[Lactose Intolerance]]
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| rowspan="1" align="center"| [[Mammogram Req]]
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| [[Mental Health]]
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| [[Migraines]]
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| [[Pacemaker]]
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| rowspan="1" align="center"| [[Seafood Allergy]]
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| [[Tattoos]]
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| [[Disorderly Conduct]]
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| rowspan="1" align="center"| [[Age (Seniors)]]
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| [[ADD/ADHD]]
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| [[Blindness]]
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| [[Bipolar]]
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| rowspan="1 align="center"| [[Auditory]]
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| [[glaucoma]]
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| [[Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome]]
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| [[Bee Allergy]]
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| rowspan="1" align="center"| [[Dermatologist]]
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| [[Colposcopy]]
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| rowspan="1" align="center"| [[Ulcerative Colitis]]
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* Holding social events such as happy hours, parties, field trips, and other fun, interest-based activities. Any member may start a club and utilize our network to organize it.
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* Helping local nonprofits engaged in community development meet their needs for volunteer assistance by organizing regular service projects and partnering toward shared goals.
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==Incomplete List of Conditions That May Lead to a Deferral Period==
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* Helping members advance their careers through structured professional development events and by establishing a vibrant, organized network of mentors in various industries.
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If an applicant is currently dealing with any of the following conditions, his/her invitation to the Peace Corps will be deferred. The
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length of the deferral period varies according to each individual case.  
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From time to time, they also engage in events of a symbolic or historic nature, such as marching in a parade or participating in a public ceremony. Membership is open to all who share a passion for community service, professional development, and international engagement.
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| align="center" | Abnormal Pap Smear requiring current treatment || Alcoholism, Substance Addiction minimum of 3 years for alcoholism or minimum of 5 years for substance abuse || Allergies requiring desensitization injections || Anemia (cause must be identified)
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| rowspan="1" align="center"| Cancer –no deferral for most skin cancers and carcinoma-in-situ
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| Cataracts requiring surgery
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| Celiac Sprue
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| Coronary artery bypass surgery or angioplasty – 6 months symptom free, no medications, normal stress test
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| rowspan="1" align="center"| Cystic Acne-Accutane treatment – 2 months after completion of therapy
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| Endometriosis
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| Gastritis, Esophagitis, Peptic, or Duodenal Ulcer – minimum of 6 months well controlled, non-smoker 
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| Glaucoma – 3 months well controlled medications
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| rowspan="1" align="center"| Herniated Disc
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| Herpes Keratitis (eye) – 2 years inactive
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| High Blood Pressure – 3 months well controlled under treatment; weight within medically recommended range
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| Inguinal Hernia
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| rowspan="1" align="center"| Internal Hemorrhoids
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| Joint Replacement (hip, knee, shoulder) or Arthroscopy – 1 year
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| Kidney or Bladder Infections
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| Ligament Reconstruction (knee, ankle, shoulder) or Arthroscopy – 1 year
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| rowspan="1 align="center"| Mental Health Conditions (except stable, treated conditions)
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| Myocardial Infarction (heart attack) – 12 months symptom free, not on medication, normal stress test
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| Orthodontic Braces (excluding bite-plate)
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| Ovarian Cyst
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| rowspan="1" align="center"| Uterine Fibroids - symptomatic
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| Seizure Disorder – minimum of 1 year seizure free
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| Stroke – 2 years symptom free, not on medication
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| Post Tramatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - symptomatic minimum of 1 year without symptoms may defer for minimum of 2 years
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| Sexual Assault or Abuse standard may differ for men and women, up to two years deferral from incident or last date of therapy
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== 2012-2013 Mission Statement ==
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==Incomplete List of Conditions Typically Unable to Reasonably Accommodate==
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"To serve as a resource to RPCVs and friends in the Washington DC area through social events, community service projects, and professional development programs that embody the 3rd Goal and spirit of the Peace Corps."
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After individually assessing each applicant, Peace Corps is typically unable to reasonably accommodate applicants with the following
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The Mission Statement may be revised each year by the current Board of Directors.
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== Primary Programs ==
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| align="center" | Addison’s Disease || Allergic Reaction-life threatening || Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) || Aneurysm- inoperable
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| rowspan="1" align="center"| Asthma-severe
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In addition to organizing regular social events for members, RPCV/W divides its long-term programming into four areas:
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| Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
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| Cancer (recent treatment for cancer or cancer with metastasis)
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| rowspan="1" align="center"| Celiac Sprue - symptomatic within the last 6 months
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RPCV/W is committed to supporting local organizations engaged in community development in the DC area. Being all volunteers at heart, their members enjoy coming out on a weekend to assist with a worthy cause. Service events are organized by their Community Service Director. Local organizations are encouraged to submit calls for volunteers in their weekly newsletter.
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| Cystic Fibrosis
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| Complex medical health conditions with multiple diagnoses
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| Complex mental health conditions with multiple diagnoses
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Each year, RPCV/W enters into a special relationship with a grassroots nonprofit that shares its goals and values. In addition to awarding them a cash grant based on the proceeds of their yearly fundraiser, they advertise their events and helps them organize volunteers for their activities. The Vice President is charged with coordinating and strengthening the PfP program. The process begins with a call for proposals, the Board selects the finalists, and group members vote for a winner during the end-of-year elections.
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| Conditions-requiring oral or injectable steroids
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| Connective Tissue Disorders
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| Coronary Artery Disease
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RPCV/W strongly believes that all RPCVs should be encouraged to network freely, and urges its members to make time for their peers who are looking to climb the ladder. To this end, they host regular networking events and career panels. They also track various RPCV groups that exist within government agencies and large employers. This program is overseen by a Professional Development Director who acts as the organization's chief networker and job coach. Jobs are posted in RPCV/W's Linkedin Group and individual members often post opportunities in its Facebook Group.
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| Diabetes - with any complications
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| Diverticulitis
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=== Special Events ===
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| Endocarditis
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RPCV/W is often called upon to plan and participate in major public events. In September of 2011, RPCV/W organized the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps commemoration at Arlington National Cemetery, which hosted over 5,000 participants and included a parade across the Memorial Bridge. Since 1984, they have gathered each year to lay flowers at the gravesite of John F. Kennedy. They have marched with Peace Corps in Presidential Inaugurations and are now participating in DC's LGBT Capitol Pride Parade.
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| Glomerulonephritis- chronic
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| Heart Conditions-chronic
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== Other Services ==
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| Heart Failure
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| Hemophilia
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=== Social Media===
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| Hepatitis – chronic
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| Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)/AIDS  -- immunosuppressed
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RPCV/W maintains a Facebook Group, Facebook Page, Twitter Feed, Linkedin Group, and a group on the NPCA Ning Network. It also maintains a robust website that allows members to interact with eachother, and a weekly newsletter that any member can utilize. With these tools, it is able to reach thousands of RPCVs and others.
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| rowspan="1" align="center"| Inflammatory Bowel Disease
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| Irreversible Lung Disease (emphysema)
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The Facebook Group is a popular spot for new arrivals to introduce themselves and ask about housing or jobs. Members with property to lease naturally prefer RPCV tenants, and use the group as an alternative to Craigslist. Some use it to ask the group to recommend services, places to eat, and things to do. Members may fundraise and share their causes there. In short, it's an open forum which supplements our physical activities and keeps the network fresh.
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| Iritis – chronic
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| Kidney Stones – recurrent
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The Linkedin Group is similar, but less outwardly active. Most of its use happens behind the scenes, as members search out peers to network for professional opportunities. The Twitter Feed and Facebook Page are controlled by the Public Relations Director, who is charged with keeping members informed and engaged.
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===Innovation===
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| Muscular Dystrophy
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| Multiple Sclerosis – no exacerbation or no new symptoms for a minimum of 3 years this has been modified – check with Dr. Simon
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| Myasthenia Gravis
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Members of RPCV/W are closely involved in the Peace Corps Innovation Challenge, and the organization promotes innovative uses of technology to benefit serving PCVs and returned volunteers.
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| rowspan="1" align="center"| Narcolepsy – poorly controlled
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== History==
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| Obstructive Sleep Apnea - with or without C-PAP machine
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| Optic Neuritis – recurrent
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| Osteoporosis with history or high risk for stress fracture
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RPCVs have been coming to DC since the Peace Corps was founded. Many were involved in the Peace Movement of the 1960s and there are several documented instances where RPCVs gathered to protest the war in southeast Asia. They found jobs in the civil and foreign service and set down roots. They began forming groups in the 1970’s, banding together for social solidarity and to support projects abroad. RPCV/W was formed in 1979 as an offshoot of the National Council of Returned Volunteers, which is now known as the National Peace Corps Association. RPCVs in DC banded together to do service projects, network, and commemorate special events such as Peace Corps anniversaries.  RPCV/W was formally incorporated as a 501c3 nonprofit organization in 1991. As the years passed, a diverse, multi-generational community of RPCVs came into being, with new members arriving every week.
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There are an estimated 5,000 Returned Peace Corps Volunteers living in the Washington, DC Metro area. Over 1,000 are active, dues-paying members of RPCV/W.
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According to a 2012 survey, most of RPCV/W's members join to network, make friends, and to become familiar with the DC Peace Corps Community. 83% attended at least one event throughout the year. 85% receive the weekly email newsletter. Most reported making friends, participating in events, and getting involved with local volunteer projects. Others reported getting jobs, finding mentors, and even meeting their significant other through the network.
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The median age of RPCV/W's membership is 32, and over half possess an advanced degree. They work in international development and the nonprofit sector primarily. 74% are female and 29% are male. Columbia Heights is their neighborhood of choice. There are also large concentrations in Shaw, Bloomingdale, and Eastern Market.
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| rowspan="1" align="center"| Pyelonephritis – chronic
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| Reiter’s Syndrome – chronic
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==Membership Policy==
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| Rheumatoid Arthritis
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Membership in RPCV/W is open to all. First year is always free. Member dues have remained $15 per year since 1986.
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* Members are eligible for discounts to special events.
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| Thrombophlebitis – recurrent
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* Members are granted access to our online directory to search for and contact other members.
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| Ulcerative Colitis
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* Members can register for and attend restricted "Members Only" events.
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| Uveitis – chronic
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* Members can access and freely network in our private Linkedin Group.
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==External Links==
==External Links==
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[http://rpcvw.org/?utm_source=peacecorpswiki&utm_medium=link&utm_campaign=PCWiki Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Washington D.C.]
 
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[http://www.facebook.com/rpcvw RPCV/W's Facebook Page]
 
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[http://www.facebook.com/groups/rpcvw/ RPCV/W's Facebook Group]
 
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[http://www.twitter.com/rpcvw/ RPCV/W's Twitter Feed]
 
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[http://www.rpcvw.us4.list-manage1.com/subscribe?u=6542714c69023bc7f6fa51510&id=b97898cf65/ RPCV/W's Free Weekly Newsletter]
 
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[[Category:Regional Associations]]
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* [http://www.peacecorps.gov/multimedia/pdf/library/peacecorpsmedinfo.pdf Peace Corps Medical Information for Applicants]
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[[Category:RPCV Associations]]
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[[Category:Medical]]
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[[Category:RPCV 50th Anniversary]]
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* [http://www.whatisms.net What is MS]
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[[Category:RPCV/W]]
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Revision as of 02:39, 27 July 2013

Contents

Medical Restrictions & Which Countries They Serve

This list is a list of conditions that can lead to a Peace Corps medical restriction. By clicking on the link, you'll be taken to a page that lists the countries people with that condition have gone to in the past. Please note that this was compiled through a survey, so this list is in no way complete and is entirely subject to change due to (a) evaluations made case by case, and (b) the ever changing availability of care in different countries.

To add to this list, go to edit the page, and there will be a big list of condition names enclosed with "|" and "[[" and "]" Find the first "Add" and replace the word "Add" with your condition. Save. The new updated page should now list your condition, only in a red link. Click your condition in the red link. It'll take you to a brand new blank edit page. From there, you can use the same format the other condition pages use to write which country accepted it, and which didn't

Arrhythmia Asthma Diabetes, T-1 Diabetes, T-2
Epilepsy Gluten Intolerance Intrauterine Device (IUD) Lactose Intolerance
Mammogram Req Mental Health Migraines Pacemaker
Seafood Allergy Tattoos Disorderly Conduct
Age (Seniors) ADD/ADHD Blindness Bipolar
Auditory glaucoma Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Bee Allergy
Dermatologist Colposcopy Hypertension Add
Ulcerative Colitis Add Add Add
Add Add Add Add


Incomplete List of Conditions That May Lead to a Deferral Period

If an applicant is currently dealing with any of the following conditions, his/her invitation to the Peace Corps will be deferred. The length of the deferral period varies according to each individual case.

Abnormal Pap Smear requiring current treatment Alcoholism, Substance Addiction minimum of 3 years for alcoholism or minimum of 5 years for substance abuse Allergies requiring desensitization injections Anemia (cause must be identified)
Cancer –no deferral for most skin cancers and carcinoma-in-situ Cataracts requiring surgery Celiac Sprue Coronary artery bypass surgery or angioplasty – 6 months symptom free, no medications, normal stress test
Cystic Acne-Accutane treatment – 2 months after completion of therapy Endometriosis Gastritis, Esophagitis, Peptic, or Duodenal Ulcer – minimum of 6 months well controlled, non-smoker Glaucoma – 3 months well controlled medications
Herniated Disc Herpes Keratitis (eye) – 2 years inactive High Blood Pressure – 3 months well controlled under treatment; weight within medically recommended range Inguinal Hernia
Internal Hemorrhoids Joint Replacement (hip, knee, shoulder) or Arthroscopy – 1 year Kidney or Bladder Infections Ligament Reconstruction (knee, ankle, shoulder) or Arthroscopy – 1 year
Mental Health Conditions (except stable, treated conditions) Myocardial Infarction (heart attack) – 12 months symptom free, not on medication, normal stress test Orthodontic Braces (excluding bite-plate) Ovarian Cyst
Uterine Fibroids - symptomatic Seizure Disorder – minimum of 1 year seizure free Stroke – 2 years symptom free, not on medication
Post Tramatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - symptomatic minimum of 1 year without symptoms may defer for minimum of 2 years Sexual Assault or Abuse standard may differ for men and women, up to two years deferral from incident or last date of therapy


Incomplete List of Conditions Typically Unable to Reasonably Accommodate

After individually assessing each applicant, Peace Corps is typically unable to reasonably accommodate applicants with the following conditions.

Addison’s Disease Allergic Reaction-life threatening Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) Aneurysm- inoperable
Asthma-severe Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Cancer (recent treatment for cancer or cancer with metastasis) Cardiac Arrhythmias – symptomatic
Celiac Sprue - symptomatic within the last 6 months Cystic Fibrosis Complex medical health conditions with multiple diagnoses Complex mental health conditions with multiple diagnoses
Conditions-requiring blood thinner medication Conditions-requiring oral or injectable steroids Connective Tissue Disorders Coronary Artery Disease
Crohn’s Disease Diabetes - with any complications Diverticulitis Endocarditis
Esophageal Varices Glomerulonephritis- chronic Heart Conditions-chronic Heart Failure
Hematological Disorder – chronic Hemophilia Hepatitis – chronic Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)/AIDS -- immunosuppressed
Inflammatory Bowel Disease Irreversible Lung Disease (emphysema) Iritis – chronic Kidney Stones – recurrent
Major Depression – recurrent Muscular Dystrophy Multiple Sclerosis – no exacerbation or no new symptoms for a minimum of 3 years this has been modified – check with Dr. Simon Myasthenia Gravis
Narcolepsy – poorly controlled Obstructive Sleep Apnea - with or without C-PAP machine Optic Neuritis – recurrent Osteoporosis with history or high risk for stress fracture
Pancreatitis – chronic Parkinson’s Disease Psychosis Psychiatric Hospitalization within 1 year
Pyelonephritis – chronic Reiter’s Syndrome – chronic Rheumatoid Arthritis Sarcoidosis
Schizophrenia Thrombophlebitis – recurrent Ulcerative Colitis Uveitis – chronic
Ventricular Shunt for hydrocephalus

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