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Featuring some of the brightest stars in music, ‘Revival’ is a new offering from Rhythms Del Mundo (RDM) in partnership with the widely-respected Artists Project Earth (APE), a UK NGO focusing on disaster relief and climate change awareness. With each of the tracks given the trademark RDM Afro-Cuban twist, ‘Revival’ offers several musical surprises while supporting relief efforts in Haiti, Chile, and Tibet following the recent catastrophes in these regions. APE has chosen Project Medishare to receive a portion of proceeds to further medical relief efforts in Haiti.

Particular highlights include the first ever authorized remix of “A Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall” by Bob Dylan – only the second ever officially sanctioned remix of a Dylan song. Also included on the album are Afro-Cuban reworkings of Dizzee Rascal’s chart-topper “Holiday,” Franz Ferdinand’s “The Dark Of The Matinee” and The Gorillaz’ “Feel Good Inc.” ‘Revival’ also features a collaboration between Coldplay and Lele on a stunning version of Coldplay’s top-
ten hit “Clocks,” appropriately entitled “Clocks/Relojes” in keeping with the Cuban spirit of the album.

Other noteworthy contributions include a collection of covers including “I Fought The Law” by Green Day, Wyclef Jean’s remake of Bee Gee’s classic “Stayin’ Alive”, and KT Tunstall’s cover of Jefferson Airplane’s timeless “Somebody To Love.”

Click here to learn more and hear a sneak peak about Rhythms Del Mundo. Go to iTunes to download the CD which was released today!

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By P.J. Pitts

It’s funny how we sometimes end up exactly where we’re supposed to be, even if we don’t know we’re supposed to be there.  The other day while sitting in the logistics office, waiting for my caffeine to set in, and started talking to a couple of University of

Chief Pharmacy Officer for Bernard Mevs Project Medishare P.J. Pitts went to a nearby ophanage to "deworm" the children there. Malnutrition and worms are the most problematic health issues for children in Haiti. Photo by P.J. Pitts.

Miami students about their project.  They were here field testing a very interesting “tele-medicine” software developed by MIT.  Their plan was to head out to New Life Children’s Home to shoot some video footage and talk with Miriam, the Missions Director, about how the software might be useful in Haiti.  Janet (a teacher from Oregon whose “alter ego” is a warehouse pixie in Haiti) had brought a bunch of school supplies to donate, so was heading out with them.  One of the UM students, Sean, seemed a little disappointed that they weren’t able to do more for the orphanage they’d been working with, so I suggested we “de-worm” all of the kids.

Miriam estimates that approximately 90 percent of the children in the tent cities have some sort of intestinal worm.  The living conditions are filthy, with many people sleeping on the dirt, and there is really no way to have anything be “sanitary”.  When a worm infestation isn’t treated, the worms migrate out of the intestines and into other areas. Seeing a kid cough up worms that are 6-inches long is one of those things you never forget.  And in a country where so many of the children are already malnourished, parasitic worms are even more deadly.  Many organizations and school will periodically de-worm all of the children as a precaution.  Anti-helmintics (de-worming medicine) are worth their weight in gold in Haiti, and I’d just been gifted a few thousand mebendazole chewable tablets, and playing with orphans is always a fun way to spend half a day.

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By Jennifer Browning

After turning off of National Road #3, the SUVs tossed,  tumbled and slid across the mud caked roads saturated after the downpour the previous night.

Traveling to the mobile clinic location this morning, the lead SUV with all the medications was deterred by the mud. After about 30 minutes, the truck found its way out and Project Medishare staff determined an alternative location for today's clinic. Photo by Jennifer Browning.

The caravan halted just a few miles down. The lead truck with all of the medications was stuck.

“My primary concern was is there another route or how are we going to get to the clinic,” William Moore, a second year MPH student from Morehouse School of Medicine said. “We prepared so much this morning to leave earlier than before to assure that we could provide as much as we could for today’s clinic, when we saw this obstacle, I thought we weren’t going to be able to service as many people as we originally planned.”

With the road impassable, once the lead truck made its way out of the mud, Project Medishare staff worked out an alternative location which ended up being the property and house of a resident in the community. A messenger was sent down to the original clinic location to tell those waiting to be see,  that the location had changed. Patients walked 45 minutes to get to the alternative location.

“It just impresses upon me how people here make such personal sacrifice traveling in the heat, traveling in the mud, being able to walk carrying their kids long distances to get to the mobile clinic location,” Bande Mangaliso Virgil, a pediatric resident from Morehouse Medical School said. “It says how much faith they have in us as physicians and that is humbling. They walk one, two hours or maybe even a half a day to receive healthcare.”

Erica Shantha, second year medical student at Morehouse School of Medicine, agreed.

“I thought it was great. A local allowed us to improvise and basically take over their home and land to do today’s clinic,” Erica said. “I thought it was amazing how the people could

Erica Shantha, a second year medical student at Morehouse School of Medicine takes a patient's blood pressure at the triage unit at the mobile clinic. "Everyone worked to gether today as a team. We saw the most patients, and it was all set up and organized. It was the most productive day we've had all week in spite of the change in clinic location." Photo by Jennifer Browning.

come there so fast. It seemed to take them 15 minutes to get word that the clinic had moved.”

Normally for the mobile clinics, Project Medishare operates out of a local school house or a church. This provides separate rooms for the various specialties. Today, the whole clinic operated under a sprawling Mango tree and the Obstetrics and Gynecology clinic operated in the back of an SUV to offer some sort of privacy.

“You do what you have to do to get the job done, and that was the only private secure place we had to see our women, so we made it work,” Dr. Tish Titus, assistant professor at Emory University School of Medicine. “The women were so happy to come lay in the truck and listen to the sound of their babies on the portable doppler.”

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Bande Mangaliso Virgil, a pediatric resident from Morehouse School of Medicine, examines a patient in a pediatric clinic in a small school in Marmont. This week as part of Project Medishare's University Partnership Program, doctors, medical and MPH students are volunteering with the community health program. Photo by Jennifer Browning.

By Jennifer Browning

As part of Project Medishare’s University Partnership Program, Morehouse School of Medicine is working with Project Medishare’s community health staff in Haiti’s Central Plateau this week.

This year there are two returning doctors, and three returning students. Many from the team are surprised with what they have found while working

A Project Medishare community health agent works with the people waiting to be seen at the mobile clinic. The local staff operates the mobile clinics in the more rural areas outside Thomonde two to three times a week. Morehouse School of Medicine doctors and students are working with Project Medishare's local staff this week. Photo by Jennifer Browning.

the mobile clinics.

“It’s really been amazing to see how the Haitian community is dedicated to seeing to the well-being of their children and families,” Bande Mangaliso Virgil, a pediatric resident from Morehouse Medical School said. “You see how dressed up they are to come to clinic and how long they wait to be seen.”

Bande said that with all the negative imagery the media reports about Haiti, that there is actually hope even here, in rural Haiti.

“You see how far this country has come with the limited resources, because we hear in the media in the U.S. just about the turmoil and negative coverage when there is actually a lot of hope and progress here,” she said. “I mean they have along way to go, but I think programs like Project Medishare and just the commit of physicians globally that a lot of great things can happen here and Haiti. Here there is already a community that is receptive to having outsiders come in to help build infrastructure, help with healthcare and education.”

Bande said that while she is a resident, that working in Haiti this week has taught her to rely more on her instincts when she is diagnosing and treating patients.

“In the U.S. we rely heavily on technology like ultra sounds, X-rays and CT Scans. Being here I have to rely on clinical judgment based off a good history from a patient and a physical exam to make sound decisions for patient care,” she said. “That is sort of like a dying art in medicine right now and the way were are trained, and so I find this experience invaluable right now.”

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Monday Wyclef Jean and Yéle Haiti donated $500,000 to Project Medishare. The money will go to purchase a CT Scanner for the Bernard Mevs Project Medishare Hospital. Photo by Jennifer Browning.

By Jennifer Browning

Yéle Haiti announced Monday that they are providing a grant to Project Medishare for Haiti in support of the purchase of a 16-slice CT Scanner with its own trailer and generator power source.  This unit will be shipped to Haiti within the next few weeks and will provide the first high resolution scanning available on the island to all patients regardless of their financial resources.

This equipment will be installed at Bernard Mevs Project Medishare Hospital in Port-au-Prince, a non-profit institution working closely with the Haitian Ministry of Health.  Project Medishare and Yéle Haiti are reaching out to other potential donors and partners in this venture.

A unique opportunity exists for potential donors to provide a matching gift of $500,000.  A $1 million total budget will enable Project Medishare to provide Haiti with three more scanners allowing Project Medishare to provide CT Scanners to the General Hospital/HUEH, Hospital Universitaire de la Paix in Port-au-Prince and Justinien General Hospital, a public hospital in Cap Haitien.

These CT scanners will provide technology that will allow rapid diagnosis and effective treatment to prevent unnecessary deaths from major heart attacks, strokes, major trauma and maternal emergencies.  This desperately  needed technology will be integrated into Project Medishare’s training and education program for Haitian healthcare workers, ensuring creation of infrastructure and sustainability necessary for the long-term health of our Haitian neighbors.

Project Medishare is grateful to Wyclef Jean and Yéle Haiti today for this generous gift and is looking forward to cooperatively raising matching funds to make this life saving technology available to more of the 10 million Haitians and visitors who occupy this island nation now and in the future.

“It’s important that Project Medishare and Yéle Haiti are partnering at this time to provide the Haitian people with life saving technology that will be operational within a few weeks,” Dr. Barth Green, president and co-founder of Project Medishare said. “On the six month anniversary, Project Medishare and Yéle Haiti are working together in a promise to continue improving access to healthcare for all Haitians.”

Funds are still needed to keep the Bernard Mevs/Project Medishare Hospital, the only critical care hospital in Haiti,  operational. Please click here to make an online donation today.

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In June, Project Medishare moved out of the tent hospital and into Bernard Mevs Hospital as part of a partnership to not only operate the only critical care hospital in Haiti, but to provide medical training to the hospital’s predominantly Haitian medical staff.

No where else in Haiti is there a hospital that can provide critical and trauma care. Bernard Mevs/Project Medishare also runs the only PICU/NICU in Haiti.

Within the short month that Bernard Mevs joined Project Medishare in this partnership, lives continue to be saved and Haitian doctors, nurses, and pharmacists are receiving additional training so that one day they can run this hospital without our assistance.

As Drs. Jerry and Marlon Bitar told CNN’s Sanjay Gupta, funding is desperately needed to continue operations at the only critical care hospital in Haiti. If Project Medishare does not receive funding by September, there is the reality that operations at the hospital will have to shut down. While Bernard Mevs would still operate as a hospital, it would not be able to function in critical care meaning many lives will be lost.

Project Medishare realizes that many of our supporters contributed quickly and generously after the earthquake, but we desperately need funding to continue to save lives in Haiti. Please click here to show your support by making a donation online today.

If you can’t view the above video, you should be able to find it here.

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This video was made specially for LADY GAGA by Project Medishare and the patients at our hospital in Haiti to thank her for her incredible donation to our efforts to continue saving lives in Haiti. “Mesi” is the Creole adaptation of the french word “Merci” which means “Thank You.”

In the last six months, despite challenges, Project Medishare has made great progress. Existing community health and development programs in the Central Plateau are still continuing their important work and the trauma and rehabilitation hospital is continuing to save lives, providing amputees with a new lease on life, and providing training to the local medical staff. But there is still so much more to be done.

Many heroic volunteer doctors and nurses are still working long, hard hours in Haiti. Project Medishare continues to need of funding in order to obtain supplies, equipment, medicines and to continue our important training program. Thanks to the amazing generosity of Lady Gaga, Project Medishare has been able to continue this life-saving work while empowering the Haitian people encouraging them to lead the charge for a better future for the people of Haiti.

While the news cameras have faded away and most people have forgotten the tragedy of January 12th, Lady Gaga has provided hope that the world has not forgotten the plight faced everyday by the Haitian people. Project Medishare is so incredibly grateful to Lady Gaga for allowing Project Medishare to continue saving lives everyday.

The above video was made in Lady Gaga’s honor by some of the pediatric patients also known as “LADY GAGA’s little monsters” whose lives were saved with her help…the smiles on their faces speak for themselves.

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