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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Soap Deliveries

Dear Dr Ted,

 Good morning to you. Hope you are well, thanks to God.


 Well, I wanted to tell you that Brunel (Jean Louis) and I were able to distribute the soaps yesterday after clinic. We gave 1 box to St-Anthony's clinic ( I may give another one to them on Monday), 2 boxes to Lutheran clinic in Madeline, 3 boxes to HHA ( 1 for the clinic, 1 for the Hospital and 1 for the Children's home), 2 boxes to Shada clinic,  2 boxes to Soil. We will give 2 boxes to OMS and 2 boxes to ForHaiti later. We took pictures while were distributing the soaps. I will forward them to you later.


By the way, it mentions that there are 200 bars of soap inside each of the box.


Take good care!


Eugene Maklin MD 



Sunday, August 29, 2010

Team Does First Soap Pick Up

Working with Network partner Clean the World ( on their program to bring in soap they have recycled to distribute to the poor in Haiti is one of our major projects for the Network Support Team.  Clean the World has a close partnership with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, for which they will be recycling soap and who will bring it on their ships to Labadee. 

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Dr. Eugene and Ralph got the soap in 75 boxes from the people of RCCL, and packed it all into our Network vehicle.

[caption id="attachment_88" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Dr. Eugene hauling soap"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_90" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="...and Ralph, too!"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_91" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="rear seat full of boxes of soap"][/caption]

This shipment of soap is going to be distributed mostly (5000 bars) to a group working with the earthquake victims in Leogane, and some will go to a few of our Network partners; there will be a regular flow of these in the coming months and years so that we can provide soap to every clinic and organization according to their needs.

Rapid Cross Country Medication Distribution

[caption id="attachment_68" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Les, Dr. Eugene and Ralph organizing the meds"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_69" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Team discussing med needs with staff"][/caption]

The Network was notified last weekend that there were essential medications, many of them injectable, about to expire at the Port-au-Prince depot of our friends Grassroots United. We offered to have our Network Support Team distribute the meds to patients who can use them now, before they expire, in the local area hospitals. It happened that Les from Grassroots was flying to Cap, and Ralph helped direct him from the airport to his hotel. Dr. Eugene and Ralph then brought him in our Team's new vehicle to Justinien Hospital, where they brought the meds to staff persons working in patient care areas to distribute them where they could be used.

[caption id="attachment_78" align="alignnone" width="150" caption="Les and Dr. Eugene with Justinien staff"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_79" align="alignnone" width="150" caption="going through the meds at Justinien"][/caption]

Some of the meds were also brought to Haiti Hospital Appeal clinic and hospital and Hopital St. Francois de Sales.

[caption id="attachment_77" align="alignnone" width="150" caption="at the pharmacy of Hoptial St. Francois de Sales"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_72" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Les and clinic doctor at Haiti Hospital Appeal with Network car "][/caption]