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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

MSPP meeting part 2

There are more then 40% of the people don't have any health care, why? Is it because the peolpe can not afford it? Is it because there are not many clinics being built in the communities?

Why isn't the doctors and nurses coming to work? Some people said there aren't any running water, power, and the roads are bad where that medical center at. I reply that's not a good answer because the people are still suffering without the doctors or nurses.

The health groups talk about having a map to locate the clinic/hospital, and how many staff are there, they think it will be the best for the foreign medical volunteers and donors to use.

They voted that in 2013 there will not be any dispensairs, only clinics and hospitals is going to be in the commuities.
The clinic or hospitals most have a budget even if it private or public. this budget most include salaries for the workers, and health insurance because in Haiti the medical staff don't have any insurance. If something happens to you, your family and love ones will not have any support. They think that's one of the reasons why most of our doctors and nurses leaving Haiti.

They talk about the lack of medications in the clinic/hospital. what is a good price to sale the medications? there are somethings that the people should not be paying for to get treatment, for example the people should not be buying gloves for the doctor or nures to use.
there are some things that the people should pay for because the doctors use that money to pay the workers and buy more medication.

The network had some partners at the meeting who are: Dr.Coq from Justinien hospital, Dr. Jean Pierre Romel from MSPP, Dr. Wesley Louis from St-Raphael hospital, Dr. Dadou from Limonade clinic.

Tomorrow is the last day of the meeting, I will keep you posted :)

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

MSPP meeting part 1

There were more then 15 different ONGs that came to this health care meeting.

The Delegue of the North was there and he said that health care is very important because you need your health to do your daily activity. He said that the president Michel Martelly said he wants to built more hospitals in 2013. The delegue also talked about the cholera, how it started? what cause it? how can it be treat?

MSPP asked all of the ONGs to come up with a plan together to better health care for the next 10 years 2012-2022. For example what is the objective for helping Haiti? Method of your work, by communication with other in health care. They want to have this plan when the international organization comes to Haiti, they will have to fellow that plan.

Dr. Jasmin talked about Cap-Haitien not having a lot of drinkable water and sanitation.

The most sickness that Cap-Haitien has is Cholera, HIV, High blood pressure.

There are 138,000 children die from malnutrition, HIV, Fever and TB.

The rate of HIV in Cap-Haitien is 2.9 and in Port au Prince it is 2.2

Dr. Jasmin also talk about the shortness of doctors, for example there are 32 doctors, 7 dentist, 3 pharmacist, 196 assent nurses, 151 nurses, 7 mid-wives, and 33 laboratories. One doctor sees 13,694 peolpe and one nurse sees 144,763 people.

There are 77 clinics, 16 of them are public, 33 are private, 26 are mix, 4 hospital, 12 CAL, and 52 CSL.

They also talk about places that needed more staff like Fort-Saint Michele, Dispensair de Quartier-Morin, Hospital de Limbe, St-Rapheal hospital, Hospital de Grand riviere du nord and Plaine du nord.
The places that need health care the most is Gobert and Soufriere.

After Dr.Jasmin done talking he broke up the people into groups, like health care and governmental to talk about the problems and how it can be fix. The network was apart of the health care, we talk about the biggest problems which were equipments without it the doctors could not work. We talk about the education, how to educate the people about health care around the community and the medical person that is working at that clinic or hospital.

Tomorrow is an other meeting we will continue discussing the health care issues.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Project Cure Container: Supplies Distributed

by Elisabeth Kaplan
It went well today despite all the trials and tribulations. We emptied the whole container and distributed everything with the exception of 15 boxes (see picture of how much we started with).
What was a great big help to finishing the job is the color coding of the supplies. It really made the job easier. Everybody chipped in to help unload the truck.
Hopital Saint Francois de Sales, Hopital Bon Samaritan, temporary container host Haiti Hospital Appeal, and Hopital Sacre Coeur all picked up the valuable supplies they had selected from Project Cures offer, and we also provided  some of the supplies to several of the clinics in the Network.
I am too exhausted right now, I need to go to sleep. I have a headache and my body from head to toe aches!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Project Cure container

(report from Elisabeth who is in Cap this week working with the Network Support Team to release and start distribution of 2 containers of hospital-oriented medical supplies donated by Project Cure)
"Working hard! The Network team does it again!"
"Anna was the inspector!"


NSVI missions to Plaisance with October 2011 Update

You can find Dr. Stein's report at this link:
They plan to return in late February or early March, 2012, go to for more information on this initiative

Friday, December 16, 2011

Well at St-Raphael

I wanted to share those pictures with you! We were able to provide a
well for  St-Raphael community this week. So, people can get good
drinking water. There was a great need for one there. People used to
get drinking water from an irrigation canal. Oh, that's too bad!!!!

  My thanks to everyone for helping us fight against cholera, worms, etc.


  Eugene Maklin MD

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Clinic of Sante Notre-Dame de Lourdes

Covsky and I had visit clinic of Sante Notre-Dame de Lourdes at Grand-Bassin. It was a clinic 40 years ago and it became a center 21 years ago until now. Only Plan Haiti supports the clinic and they gave them a fund in which 30 percent goes to the worker. The other 70 percent goes into medication and other supplies. There is 1 doctor, 3 nurses,1 dentist and 1 dental assistant. At this clinic, they do a lot of different things like child birth, dental work, etc. In a month, they can received about 300 people and they are open 5 days a week. They would be more grateful to receive volunteers and they have a guest house to house them in. They want the network to help them in receiving more medications and equipments. I have invited the mid-wife to Tom Lacy's teaching class " Helping Babies Breathe".

Center de sante Notre-Dame de Lourdes cholera treatment center

Covsky and I had visit Sante Notre-Dame de Lourdes (CSNDL) at Grand- Bassin has a cholera treatment center that is made out of blocks. A nun from Canada is running the center. There are only two ONGs that is supporting the center MSPP and Plan Haiti. The villager donated this land to the church to built a CTU center. Before they had the land, MSPP have given them cholera tents. It have been two months since MSPP have given them supplies. The CTU is receiving 35 people per month but since Dec 1 they have not had any people. In the month of Nov, there were 35 people and 1 death. There are 2 nurses and 1 assistant nurse. Every time it rains, the rate goes up at the center. Father Fave Joseph has people educating the community.