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Monday, January 21, 2013

Haiti Village Health Medical Team

I spent a week in January working with Haiti Village Health's medical volunteer team providing paediatric outreach clinics.

The team was made up of 3 doctors, 3 nurses, 5 nursing students and non medical support staff.  We saw a total of 375 patients across the region of Bas Limbe, Ladadee and Shada.

We treated a lot of children for worms, scabies, tinia and malaria.  We also provided a lot of education for the patients and their mothers during the consultation, on general hygiene, how to prevent malaria and cholera, and ways to improve their level of nutrition.

This pie chart shows the overall ratio of diagnoses throughout the week:

The team, many of whom had been to the region this time last year, commented on how the overall health of the children had improved since they last came.  We saw many more 'well children', than previous years, which was positively reinforced to the parents.

We also provided education session for the youth of Bod Me Limbe and Labadee on sexual education.  We talked about how to protect against STDs and the team answered questions asked by the young people.  The team also helped the community of Bod Me Limbe to do a beach clean-up.

I personally think its a great idea that medical teams come to the north of Haiti to provide consultations for people who have poor access to healthcare, and to provide education on health promotion and disease prevention to these communities.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Report from MSPP Nord Director: Une prise en charge adequate realisee en urgence a Justinien

(google translate of message below:
I share with you these photos taken during surgery for thoracoabdominal wound on a youth, pierced by an iron bar.
It has just been extracted without complication.
Despite various constraints, providers of HUJ perform amazing feats every day that deserve also be rented. Major efforts are currently being made ​​to change the face of HUJ and make it a public institution model.
Stay close to us and support these efforts. )

Je partage avec vous ces photos prises lors d'une intervention pour une plaie thoraco-abdominale, sur un jeune, transpercé par une barre de fer. 
Il vient d'etre exéaté sans complication.
Malgre les contraintes diverses, les prestataires de l'HUJ réalisent chaque jour des exploits extraordinaires qui meritent aussi d'etre loués. De gros efforts sont en train d'etre faits pour changer le visage de l'HUJ et faire de lui un etablissement public modèle.
Restez proches de nous et soutenez ces efforts.

Dr Ernst-Robert Jasmin
Directeur DSN
Rue 18 Boulevard, Cap-Haitien, Haiti                                 
Tel :  3721-1935