By Arjun Parasher
The morning came earlier than expected for most of us. But after breakfast and a round of Haitian coffee, we were all eager to arrive at the mobile clinic site and finally see the Haiti that awaited us.
After setting up our respective stations, the day began with a chaotic start: in a new surrounding with limited, if any, understanding of the language, a line of pediatric patients awaited us in triage. After finally settling in to the routine, the students and physicians provided care in a remarkably efficient manner. From diagnosing tuberculosis and malaria to treating glaucoma, the physicians with the help of excellent and patient translators were able to provide high quality care to over 200 Haitians secluded away from the normal mechanism of care.
We returned to Thomonde to visit the recently constructed hospital, which truly is an incredible institution of human service. Soon after we arrived at the Project Medishare, I spotted a few children playing soccer with a half-deflated ball just outside the gates. After watching them for a few moments, I asked to join and attempted to keep up with 5 to 10 year old kids. After finding out how skillful these kids were the hard way in front of the newly drawn crowd of spectators, I ran back for the remnants of dinner.
We had a long, productive discussion about ways to improve our work in the days to come. After deciding to increase our coverage of women’s health and redesigning our triage organization, we began the nightly task of packing drugs. Finishing our task, we sat around the pavilion, relaxing with our colleagues.