The doctors, nurses and volunteers saw approximately 2500 patients during the week. According to Dr. Ford, the most serious patients were those with advanced cases of Anthrax. “We had one patient who was febrile, with whole-arm involvement who we monitored throughout the week. With antibiotics (which cost less than $10), we were able to save his life,” he says.
While cholera is a serious threat in the country post-hurricane, the medical team did not see any cases during this most recent visit to Grison-Garde. Dr. Ford credits the incredible efforts by local groups, including the Fox Memorial Church in Scottsville, Va., to supply funds for water wells in the area. “There are around 50 wells in Grison-Garde, so we’ve had some success with cholera prevention in that 5- to 6-mile radius. It’s a testament to the generosity of groups like Fox Memorial – now raising money for their fourth well! It’s really incredible the impact they have had and will continue to have in that area.”
To help fight cholera in other parts of Haiti, Dr. Eugene Maklin will be delivering sanitation supplies, as well as aqua tabs and oral rehydration salts to those areas in need. Please consider making a donation to help with these efforts.
Hospital Opens In Plaine du Nord
This week, Dr. Eugene will celebrate the opening of phase one of a new hospital in Plaine du Nord. This is a great achievement for him and a real gift for this community. The grand opening event will feature the music of our very own Institute Maranatha band! The kids are very excited to put on their uniforms and perform.
The Midwife Training Program is going well, however there is still a great need in the rural areas of Cap Haitien. We are hoping to expand this program, providing birthing kits, prenatal care and training for midwives in Grison-Garde and Labruyere, but we could use your help! Please contact us if you’d like to learn how you can contribute!
Hygiene Kits for Adolescent Girls
The clinic team handed out reusable hygiene supplies for young women so that they are able to attend school and have a social life during their menstrual cycles. “No surprise that they got a great reception by the girls seen in our clinic,” says Dr. Ford.
Gift That Keeps On Giving
It’s not too soon to start thinking about holiday giving! Consider making a donation this year in honor of a friend or loved one. Mesi!