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Newsletter II, Summer 2010

Newsletter II, Summer 2010

Newsletter II, Summer 2010

MEDICAL TRIPS TO CARRIES

The lack of medical personnel is a major contributor to the state of the healthcare system of Haiti. Our aim at FHHH is to get as many healthcare professionals to donate their time and talent to help those who are in so much need. Imagine the quality and extensive care that can be provided by a large pool of dedicated professionals of different specialties, disciplines, and expertise willing to give a few days to a medical trip. These professionals could train or support the Haiti based staff, or act as consultant from their homes or offices. These are the principles that led to the creation of FHHH. Two months after their first relief trip, our doctors went to Haiti for the first medical trip sponsored by FHHH. They went to Carries, which is located about one hour from Port Au Prince. This beautiful costal region is very poor without much employment opportunities due to the lack of tourism, investment, and reduced agriculture.

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A study conducted by the World Bank in 2007 showed that 83% of Haitian medical doctors live and practice outside of the country.

Haiti faces a lack of medical human resources especially in its rural areas. Think of all the good YOU can do by donating your time and talent!!!

FHHH’s first medical trip to Carries focused on chronic illnesses. The nearest hospital is one hour away, and there is no public facility in the area. Dr. Emmanuel St.Louis, a family practitioner, and Dr. Thierry Duchatellier, a cardiologist , saw countless of patients over a 2-day period. They saw patients with hypertension, diabetes, stomach problems, skin rashes, and infections. Patients with hypertension or cardiac findings had echocardiogram preformed using a portable machine. Free medications were provided to all patients who needed it.

Two months later, Dr. Yolaine St. Louis, a pediatrician, traveled to Carries to conduct FHHH’s first pediatric clinic. She travelled with two of our officers, Christine and Frantz Mevs who distributed donated clothes, shoes, toiletries, and food to the patients. Members of the community helped in 3 registration and identifying the families who needed help the most. Dr. St.Louis saw over 150 children a day with a variety of ailments from anemia, to skin infections, asthma, ear infections, and parasite. Malnutrition and undernutrition was unfortunately too common. Formula and cereal were left for those identified as malnourished. Vitamins were sent subsequently for distribution to the children in the Carries community.

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