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By Jennifer Browning
Project Medishare co-founder Dr. Arthur Fournier discusses cholera in Haiti in the Miami-Herald this week.

Dr. Fournier talks about how cholera is not another curse that Haiti must endure, but another consequence of man.

“Errors of omission and commission not just exacerbated the epidemic but also contributed to its cause and explosive spread,” Dr. Fournier says.

In the article Dr. Fournier also mentions how Project Medishare’s existing community health program in the Central Plateau placed our organization in an ideal position to respond to the epidemic.

Click here to read the full article.

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As demonstrations and protests continue in Port-au-Prince and across Haiti in response to election results announced Tuesday night, Project Medishare is taking every possible precaution to keep our patients, volunteers and local staff safe.

At Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare, the hospital administers have activated our emergency plan. We have secured our hospital, therefore our volunteers are not allowed to leave the hospital for any reason, including patient transfers. At this time, the airport is closed.

Should a patient need to be transferred, we have a team performing transfers as ambulances are allowed to move through the streets. In addition, a team of nurses is preparing medical volunteers and staff in the event HBMPM experiences a surge of trauma cases. At this time we have not had any cases out of the ordinary.

We will continue to provide updates from our team in Haiti.

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Project Medishare medical and office staff go out into the community to get the message out about cholera. Without community health programs like this one, it would be almost impossible to spread the word about prevention to keep people safe. Photo by Jennifer Browning.

By Jennifer Browning

In NPR’s Health Experts Keep Close Eye on Cholera in Haiti, Christopher Joyce discusses Haiti’s health worker’s focus on prevention and education and how it is vital to keep cholera at bay. Epidemiologists working with the International Organization for Migration have begun to do this by tracking those from the Artibonite region where the outbreak started. Officials are using cell phone records to track people who are leaving the area for fear that these people may possibly be infected. Epidemiologists are sending these people text messages providing a free number to call. Those who do call learn not only how to avoid spreading the disease, but also what to do if they get infected.
Project Medishare has joined forces with the Haitian Ministry of Health as well as other partnering organizations such as Partners in Health’s Zanmi Lasante, American Red Cross, and other NGOs to get the message out about cholera, including how to prevent it and how it is treated.

In Joyce’s article, Sabrina Pourmand-Nolan, local director for World Vision, advocates that in order for Haiti to prevent cholera from becoming a permanent plague, it will take more than proper sewage to keep the Caribbean country out of the woods.

Project Medishare community health nurse Wiseline Celestine uses a megaphone to make people aware about cholera and the ways to prevent contracting the disease. Photo by Jennifer Browning.

“It’s not just about getting proper sewage,” Pourmand-Nolan told NPR, “it’s about getting proper educational facilities, proper health facilities. That’s how we are going to protect the people over the long term.”

Project Medishare began working in rural Haiti in 1994 with a focus on empowering the people to support a community health program. Today, based in Thomonde, in Haiti’s Central Plateau, the organization continues its mission to improve access to healthcare in Haiti.

When the word got out that cholera was raging across the nearby Artibonite area, Project Medishare mobilized 82 community health agents who immediately began getting the message out to their communities. They were joined by 20 other community health doctors and nurses and office staff.

And while, the organization’s doctors, nurses, pharmacists and health agents are out in the community each day, it is times like these that provide a reminder regarding the importance of this community health program in Haiti’s Central Plateau.  Without programs like this one, it would be almost impossible to spread the word about prevention to keep people safe.

Project Medishare’s community health and development program exists on private donations. If you would like to make a donation to keep these programs in action click here to make a secure online donation today.

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Los Angeles’ ABC Channel 7 features University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine’s Dr. Henri Ford who is Director of Medical Education and Training at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare (HBMPM).

Dr. Ford grew up in Port-au-Prince just a few miles from the epicenter that shook Port-au-Prince in January. Just days after the quake Dr. Ford found himself back in the capital helping provide medical aid. When he returned to LA, he told ABC 7’s David Ono that guilt overcame him because he felt he left people behind in their greatest time of need. So now Dr. Ford travels back and forth working at HBMPM.

View the video above to see the hope that transpires from what is currently Haiti’s only critical care hospital. A place where lives have not only been saved, but for some, like the many amputees that come through the door, where lives are rebuilt.

If you would like to donate to help Project Medishare continue improving healthcare in Haiti through facilities like Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare, click here.

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Check out the above video about the Miami Heat in Haiti. Two weeks ago, Alonzo Mourning returned to Haiti with Tim Hardaway and Miami Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra. The team visited Project Medishare’s field hospital as well as Bernard Mevs hospital, where Project Medishare’s trauma and rehabilitation hospital moved.Mourning has been a supporter of Haiti and Project Medishare’s relief and recovery efforts since the January 12 earthquake.

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By Jennifer Browning

Headlines, long before the earthquake, told stories of Haiti’s poverty, riots, and lack of healthcare, however many never knew about the talent and art within this tiny Caribbean nation.

The January earthquake that destroyed the lives and homes of many, also damaged and destroyed cultural icons and valuable artwork in its wake.

The Smithsonian Institution has organized a rescue effort for art works damaged during the earthquake. The Smithsonian plans to open a center in Port-au-Prince in June where American conservators will work with Haitian staff members to repair torn paintings, shattered sculptures and other works salvaged from the rubble of museums and churches.

Click here to see the New York Times slideshow Art in the Rubble.

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By Jennifer Browning

Last night at a CNN preview event, Project Medishare president and co-founder Dr. Barth Green was a key participant on a panel discussion with CNN’s Soledad O’Brien regarding the future of Haiti and their children. The panel also included author Edwidge Danticat, Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center’s (IFAC) co-founder Cheryl Little, and Haitian philanthropist Robert Duval.

Nearly 200 people came to catch a sneak peak of O’Brien’s newest documentary, Rescued which was presented by FIAC and the University of Miami School of Communication.

The one-hour piece describes the plight of hundreds of thousands of Haitian orphans before and after the January 12 quake. The story is told through the eyes of two orphans, six-year old Cendy Jeune, and former restavek (child slave) Marc Kenson Oliphi. Two American missionaries, Susette and Bill Manassero saved the two young Haitians by bringing them into their orphanage, The Lighthouse.

Watch O’Brien’s full story on CNN this Saturday, May 8 at 8 p.m.

Click here to see a preview of Soledad O’Brien’s Rescued.

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By Jennifer Browning

In case you missed it Friday evening, here is the video clip from CBS Evening News. News anchor, Katie Couric, visited Project Medishare’s field hospital in Port-au-Prince a few weeks ago. Here is the story she did regarding Project Medishare’s efforts in Haiti.

If you can’t view the video above you may find it here.

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By Jennifer Browning

This weekend in the first of a two-part article, the Miami-Herald takes a look at rural Haiti and the government’s intentions to look toward decentralizing the country in order to give more power to the municipalities and provinces.

Rural Haiti has already experienced a mass exodus–over 400,000 people have fled to rural areas to seek shelter with family and other relatives. Later this month, Haitian leaders intend to outline a rebuilding plan during a critical aid conference in New York. The leaders are working toward a plan that will incorporate rural areas into the development of the country.

In addition to providing care for earthquake victims at the Project Medishare and the UM Global Institute Hospital in the capital, Project Medishare continues to provide ongoing support to our existing rural programs like the Community Health Program and our Integrated Community Development Program, which includes helping local farmers with better agriculture practices in the Central Plateau.

As resources in Port-au-Prince continue to dwindle, soon there will be another exodus to the countryside. Schools and health clinics will need to be built and funded to accommodate these urban guests who will more likely become permanent residents.

Click here to read the first of two parts of the Miami-Herald’s story about how rural Haiti is pushing for decentralization of power and resources.

In the coming months, we expect to see a continued growth in our rural communities of Thomonde and Marmont in the Central Plateau. If you would like to help us in continuing our support of our Community Health and Development Programs in Haiti’s Central Plateau click here.

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By Jennifer Browning

While Project Medishare volunteer relief workers continue to work long hours providing medical care to earthquake victims in Port-au-Prince, 60 miles away  those living in the communities of Thomonde and Marmont are feeling aftershocks of their own.

With the mass migration of earthquake victims to places like Haiti’s Central Plateau, an already strained area is feeling the pressure of housing and feeding its neighbors from Port-au-Prince.

Before the earthquake, the rural communities in the Central Plateau were already some of  the poorest parts of the country. Project Medishare, with the assistance of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, has been working with farmers in the Central Plateau to institute better farming practices and production. Even during these times, while Project Medishare provides relief to those in Port-au-Prince our rural staff is continuing to work with our agriculture and community health programs which have grown since the migration of earthquake victims from Port-au-Prince.

Project Medishare faces structural challenges in the plateau as well. Last week an engineer reported that the community health clinic in Marmont is too damaged for healthcare workers, doctors and nurses to work safely. We are currently looking for a new location to continue health services in that area until the clinic in Marmont can be rebuilt.

Before the earthquake Project Medishare’s Community Health Program served 85,000, the Project Medishare community health staff are currently conducting a census to discover how much the population has grown since the January 12 earthquake.

While we continue our relief efforts in Port-au-Prince, Project Medishare will still need to fund our existing agriculture and community health programs serving communities in the Central Plateau.

If you would like to support Project Medishare’s agriculture and community health programs in assisting the growing population we are encountering in the Central Plateau since the earthquake please click here.

If you would like to read more about the problems facing rural Haiti since the earthquake, click here to read Ken Ellingwood’s story in the L.A. Times: Haiti quake is beginning to be felt miles away.

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