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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.

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