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Wilfred Messine works for Project Medishare today as a prosthetic technician in training and provides hope to other amputee patients. Photo by Omar Vega.

When Wilfred Messine was fitted with his prosthetic limb in April, he immediately began running and kicking a soccer ball which inspired other amputee patients. Today Wilfred is Project Medishare’s prosthetic technician in training, and he continues to inspire others like him everyday.

As 2010 comes to a close, Wilfred and Project Medishare continue providing inspiration and care to the thousands of amputee patients affected by the earthquake. And now, there are less than 48 hours left to make a year-end tax-deductible gift.

If you haven’t already, please click here to make your year-end contribution online today.

Wilfred provided an inspiration of hope for those amputee patients to be fitted at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare (HBMPM) with their new limb. His message: if you can do this without a leg, imagine what your possibilities are with a prosthetic leg!

Part of Wilfred’s job today is not only to help with the patient’s fitting and physical therapy, but also helps these patients understand what the prosthetic limb means for them.

Wilfred said he loves his work at HBMPM because he is helping Project Medishare change people’s lives.

“What Project Medishare is doing here is helping people start their life again,” Wilfred said. “I talk to the amputee patients and let them know that one day, they can be like me. I tell them that I can walk, I can drive and I have learned to run….there are so many things I can do with my new leg…and that they will be able to do these things one day. I let them know they can have a new life. That if you are an amputee it doesn’t mean your life is over.”

Time is running out to make your tax-deductible contribution to Project Medishare for 2010. If you have already given, we thank you for your continued support of our programs, like the Amputee Rehabilitation Program, that provide hope to so many in Haiti.

If you have not provided your 2010 tax-deductible year-end gift, please click here to give today.

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By Jennifer Browning

You may have remembered reading on the Project Medishare Blog about how 9-month old Julisa was toddling across her house and stumbled into a pot of boiling water causing serious burns on her right arm and left hand.

As her burns healed through the years, her right arm became contracted preventing her from being able to fully extend or bend her arm. This made it difficult for Julisa, who turned 12 this year, to perform simple tasks like feeding herself or washing her clothes.

Project Medishare nurse Rosemerline Pierre-Louise providing a home visit for Julisa in June to see how her arm was healing after surgery. Local staff through Project Medishare’s Community Health Program are seeing that those who have surgery at our hospital in Port-au-Prince have follow-up appointments.Photo by Jennifer Browning.

In May Rosemerlin Pierre-Louise, a community health nurse, arranged for Julisa to travel from her home in the Central Plateau to see plastic surgeons volunteering at our trauma and critical care hospital in Port-au-Prince through Project Medishare’s Specialty Surgery Program.

Today Julisa has almost full mobility in her right arm, and Project Medishare was able to help her because of the ongoing efforts and contributions from our supporters and volunteers.

“Before I couldn’t wash myself or feed myself because I couldn’t bend my arm and my left hand was deformed,” Julisa said. “I am happy that the doctors could help me.”

Ersile, Julisa’s mother, used to worry about her daughter’s future, but today she has peace of mind.

“I am happy because I see the improvement for her arm,”Ersile said. “I feel better knowing that if something should happen to me, that Julisa will be able to take care of herself when she gets older. That makes me happy most of all.”

Through complementary services provided by Project Medishare’s programs in both Port-au-Prince and the Central Plateau, today Julisa is able to perform basic tasks that her injuries denied her for over a decade.

Earlier this month, Haiti’s Ministry of Health reported that the cholera epidemic has taken over 2200 lives and infected 97,595 since the outbreak surfaced in the central Artibonite River valley in mid-October.

Project Medishare’s local doctors, nurses and health agents continue to battle this deadly disease in the Central Plateau through our community health program and at a Cholera Treatment Center in Mirebalais, which is managed jointly by Project Medishare and Partners in Health.

In addition to the Mirebalais center, Project Medishare is assisting in the cholera effort in the Upper Plateau city of Hinche by providing materials, supplies and technical assistance. The average hospitalization cost for an average patient is around $250. That is about one percent of what it costs here in the U.S. 

During this holiday season, please remember Project Medishare and the people of Haiti. Then please click here to give the most generous tax-deductible contribution you can to help us continue our life-saving work. Your support is critically needed in order for Project Medishare to not only continue providing healthcare, but also continue working to improve the healthcare infrastructure in Haiti.

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CMO Dr. Eddy Carmant is joined by nurse liaison Maguy Rochelin measures one-year-old Franck Marden's head during a pediatric neurosurgery assessment. Marden was approved for endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV) surgery which will take place this week when the pediatric neurosurgery team returns to Port-au-Prince. Photo by Laurene Leger.

By Jennifer Browning

Last weekend Dr. Keith Rich, a neurosurgeon from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, arrived at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare (HBMPM) to conduct a medical assessment of children who are suffering from hydrocephalus.

Dr. Rich was joined by Project Medishare Nurse Liaison Maguy Rochelin and HBMPM Chief Medical Officer Dr. Eddy Carmant.

Dr. Keith Rich discusses CT scans of a patient during the pediatric neurosurgery assessment last weekend at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare. Dr. Carmant, a general surgeon in Haiti, is currently training to become specialized in neurosurgery. Photo by Laurene Leger.

Over the weekend the medical team assessed 50 children. Twenty children were approved for surgery, and doctors provided follow-up care to 21 other children who received surgery to correct their hydrocephalus from the previous May 2010 and November 2009 surgical trips.

Pediatric neurosurgery teams have been coming to Haiti since 2003 to provide surgeries to children with hydrocephalus. Currently, there is no formal neurosurgery training in Haiti, therefore Project Medishare’s ultimate goal is to teach Haitian surgeons how to provide neurosurgical care. This would include taking the surgeons and in a span of three years teach them how to perform neurosurgeries for adults and children and support them with equipment, training and supplies so they could become the foundation of a neurosurgical training program in the future.

Dr. Carmant, who is a general surgeon in Haiti, is Project Medishare’s first neurosurgeon trainie. Once Dr. Carmant completes his training he will be Haiti’s only pediatric neurosurgeon.

Project Medishare has formed strong partnerships with the following organizations and institutions in Miami and Haiti to provide operations to childrensuffering from hydrocephalus in Haiti: Miami Children’s Hospital, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Hopital Universitaire de la Paix, STEM Ministries, Healing Hands for Haiti, Haiti’s Ministry of Health and Centre d’imagerie.

Click here to read more about previous pediatric neurosurgery trips supported by Project Medishare’s Specialty Surgical Program.

If you would like to help fund Project Medishare’s Pediatric Neurosurgery Program click here to make an online donation today.

*Laurene Leger contributed to this story.

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Project Medishare volunteer Dr. Eric Dehoux goes over a patient's chart with Sindy Abdon, a nurse working with spinal cord patients. Dr. Dehoux along with nurse practitioner Lorenette Patrick are working with Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare nurses to improve care for the spinal cord patients in the MedSurge unit. Photo by Jennifer Browning.

By Jennifer Browning

At Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare (HBMPM) motivated volunteers to work side by side as mentors to their Haitian colleagues in medicine, nursing and allied health professionals, in the traditional Project Medishare model of “Train the Trainer.”

Lorenette Patrick, a nurse practitioner who works at Jackson Memorial Medical Center’s spinal cord rehab, participated in training nurses working with spinal cord patients.

While volunteering at HBMPM, Lorenette not only teaches local nurses, but also teaches the patient and their family members basic lessons on how to care for people with spinal cord injuries. This is mainly teaching them the importance of proper bowel care for these patients, as well as how to prevent bedsores.

Sindy Abdon, a nurse working in the spinal cord unit, said she has learned a lot from Lorenette and others who have come to volunteer at HBMPM.

“One of the most important thing I have learned is the bowel care for the patients because it is so important for these types of patients so they don’t become septic and have troubles from infection,” she said. “Also I have been learning a better way to turn and position the patients to help prevent wounds and bedsores.”

For the spinal cord patient and their families, Lorenette presents these care giving tasks as important jobs.

“By teaching them basic spinal cord injury care the nurses here and the patient’s family members can understand why the patients have these specific problems,” she said. “This helps them fully understand why these problems need to be addressed immediately or the patient is going to have serious problems.”

Sindy said she feels that the training program at HBMPM is very important because not only is she able to further her own education as a licensed nurse, but she is also learning how to teach her nursing colleagues.

Sidney Abdon prepares daily medication for the spinal cord patients at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare. Photo by Jennifer Browning.

“The way they teach me is to learn one thing and then practice it. This helps me also learn how to teach other Haitian nurses how to care for our spinal cord patients here. It is important for me to be able to take care of people who cannot take care of themselves,” she said. “But now, with the volunteers here to help us, I am learning how to better take care of our patients.”

Lorenette said by mid-week she was already seeing progress.

“I was pleased to see a nurse was already starting to teach others,” Lorenette said. “It reinforces that they are the ones who are going to be in charge and not be intimidated by volunteers coming from the U.S.”

For Lorenette seeing the Haitian nurses take charge is important and shows that Project Medishare’s mission to empower the Haitian people is being accomplished here.

“It shows how much Project Medishare is invested in the patients here and how they have the Haitian people’s well being at heart,” Lorenette said. “When you come here and work you see how much is being done for the Haitian people. [The doctors and nurses] are not only helping earthquake victims, but they are also helping people who had no other means of getting care and here they continue to do that.”

Project Medishare continues to stand committed to Haiti nationwide. Training programs like this one that is improving nursing care for spinal cord patients in Haiti, is just one of the many ways we are working to improve Haiti’s healthcare infrastructure.

If you would like to support training programs like this one, please click here to make an online tax-deductible donation today.

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By Jennifer Browning

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson vowed, during a visit to the Miami’s Ryder Trauma Center last week, to continue his efforts to secure funds for the Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare, a critical care and rehabilitation hospital, operated by  Project Medishare and the Global Institute in Port-au-Prince.

Originally the critical care and rehabilitation hospital was located in four tents at the edge of the airport for five months following the January earthquake. The hospital joined forces with to an existing community hospital in June and continues to serve as a vital critical care and rehabilitation hospital as well as a training center for local physicians, nurses and allied health professionals eager to fill the large gaps in Haiti’s shattered health care system.

Dr. Barth Green, co-founder and president of Project Medishare said the organization is counting on a $17.7 million federal grant to operate the hospital over the next 18 months and help Haiti build a sustainable health care system. Nelson wrote a letter urging the U.S. State Department to direct a portion of the Haiti relief funding in the 2010 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act to the hospital.

Days after the January 12 earthquake, the senator praised Americans for their quick generosity to the earthquake relief effort. The senator singled out UM’s Miller School of Medicine for having the first medical team on the ground in Haiti which was led by Dr. Green.The team began treating the critically wounded within five minutes of landing at the devastated Port-au-Prince airport  twelve hours after quake.

Project Medishare’s programs currently rely heavily on independent donations. If you would like to make a donation to help us continue our important work through projects like those at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare, Haiti’s ONLY critical care hospital, please click here to make an online donation today.

Source: University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine.

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By Jennifer Browning

While Haiti’s only critical and trauma care facility, Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare, is now operating with a predominantly Haitian staff, we are still accommodating up to 43 volunteers each week.

Starting in October, volunteers are required to pay a $300 tax-deductible fee to help offset the costs of our operation. This fee will help offset the cost of Project Medishare’s  operation and enable a continuation of the life-saving work at happening at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare, which is currently Haiti’s only critical care and trauma hospital.

As many of the news cameras have turned away to cover other areas of the globe, we are receiving fewer donations to cover the operating cost of our critical care and trauma hospital in Port-au-Prince. Project Medishare relies primarily on individual donors to keep our programs operating in Haiti. As we move from relief to recovery, we are asking our Bernard Mevs volunteers to assist with offsetting the cost of their in country expenses while volunteering with us in Haiti. The $300 fee is a mere fraction of the cost it takes to send volunteers to our hospital each week.

Project Medishare has received an outpouring of support and thousands of volunteers have signed up to help. The primary focus is bringing volunteers with a medical background and requiring at least an eight (8) day commitment and based on the needs coming from the hospital in Haiti.

Due to the lack of space at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare, we can’t take medical students or staff personnel (non-medical) until further notice.

As part of the partnership with Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare and their local staff, Project Medishare volunteers not only assist with providing healthcare, but also work to train in the various specialties including prenatal and neonatal intensive care (PICU/NICU), spinal cord rehabilitation, nursing, family medicine, general and specialty surgeries, physical therapy, prosthetics, and pharmacy.

Interested volunteers can CLICK HERE to sign up and make sure to fill out the entire form.

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Bernard Mevs nurse, Sindy Abdon, goes over a patient chart with Dr. Eric Dehoux, a physician volunteering from Canada. While volunteering over the next two weeks, Dr. Dehoux is working with doctors and nurses in the medical surgical unit to extend their knowledge in treating and caring for those with spinal cord injuries. Those coming to volunteer with Project Medishare are not only here to help treat patients, but also train their Haitian medical colleagues. Photo by Jennifer Browning.

By Jennifer Browning

Six months ago, Project Medishare volunteer doctors and nurses in collaboration with the University of Miami Global Institute, rushed to the aid of those affected by the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Since January, Project Medishare have treated over 30,000 patients and recruited over 5000 medical volunteers

Marianna, 15, begins learning how to walk with her prosthetic leg for the first time. Assisting her is Cedieu Fortilus who is training to become certified prosthetic technician.Photo by Jennifer Browning.

Last month, Project Medishare transitioned out of the tent hospital and into an existing community hospital, Bernard Mevs, in a partnership to continue making healthcare accessible to the Haitian people. Here trauma and rehabilitation care are provided and our permanent and rotating volunteer staff are conducting a medical training and education program in critical care, trauma and rehabilitation for the local medical staff.

In addition to joining forces with the Bernard Mevs staff, Project Medishare has hired 82 local medical professionals making our hospital staff predominantly Haitian.

The local medical staff is receiving training in all areas including prenatal and neonatal care, general surgeries, specialty surgeries, spinal cord injury, physical therapy and prosthetics.

Haitian nurses who have never worked with preemies before are learning the intricacies of prenatal and neonatal care, as Project Medishare runs the only PICU/NICU in all of Haiti. Currently, there are five students studying to become physical therapy technicians, and two others are training with a prosthetic orthotist to learn how to fit prosthetics and become prosthetic technicians.

“In Haiti we have a dream that we will be able to learn,” Marie Carmelle Charles, a physical therapy tech student said. “Now with this training opportunity, that dream is coming true.”

As Project Medishare moves into this next level in providing training important funding is needed to continue expanding these efforts as we work toward improving access to healthcare in Haiti. Please join Project Medishare in this important endeavor, click here to make an online donation today.

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