By Jennifer Browning
Friends of Project Medishare from M.D. Anderson in Houston are hosting a Happy Hour event in midtown at Farrago from 6pm‐9pm (and later!) tomorrow— Friday, February 5th. Suggested donation at the door of $20 provides TWO drink tickets and a load of appetizers to feast on!
Project Medishare is sponsoring its first ever Women’s Health trip to Haiti’s Central Plateau, occurring April 11‐ 17th, 2010. Please join to help support this important work!
Project Medishare has operated in Haiti for over 15 years. Jennifer Burzawa had the opportunity to work with this organization as a medical student in Miami. Jennifer traveled to rural Haiti with Medishare and students from Emory University School of Medicine over Thanksgiving for a mobile clinic trip, as well as to formalize plans for a women’s health‐focused trip.
Things were significantly improving prior to the devastating earthquake on January 12th. Great strides have been made to decrease mortality from diseases such as malnutrition, and efforts focusing on decreasing maternal mortality and improving early detection and treatment of cervical cancer are currently underway.
Earthquake relief support will continue to be necessary for months and years to come, but it is important not to lose ground on chronic medical conditions that affect the people of the Central Plateau. The Central Plateau was relatively unaffected physically by the earthquake, but as people flee Port Au Prince, the population in rural Haiti is expected to double, and there will be increasing burden on the medical system there.
Should the Women’s Health trip get canceled due to travel logistics regarding the earthquake, the Houston/M.D. Anderson group will donate what they raise tomorrow night towards continuing earthquake relief efforts.
Proceeds will go toward medical supplies, pharmaceuticals, and durable medical equipment for the people of Haiti, through Project Medishare for Haiti, Inc.
To RSVP for this event 318 Gray Street, Houston, Texas 77002 (713) 523‐