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This great documentary on Project Medishare premiered on Plum TV this past weekend. In case you missed it, take a few minutes to watch the video below.

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This past weekend a group of Haitian Americans visited Haiti with Project Medishare. The group consisted of wide receiver for the Indianapolis Colts, Pierre Garçon, recording artist Phyllisia Ross & DJ Griot. During their stay, the group toured Project Medishare’s facilities in the Central Plateau as well as the Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare in Port–au-Prince.

The group was able to see the Cholera Treatment Center (CTC) in Mirebalias, the Akamil Production Facility and the Community Health Program in Thomonde as well as the Community Health Program, Maternal Health Center and staff residence in Marmont.

This was only Garçon’s second time returning to Haiti since the earthquake. After the trip, Garçon said that “the work that Project Medishare is doing in Haiti is inspiring. Witnessing it firsthand just proves how critical it is that they are able to continue performing their lifesaving work.”

The group was also able to spend a day at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare in Port-au-Prince. “I was very impressed and touched by the care the babies in the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit were receiving. We were able to see premature twins arrive in the NICU just as we were walking in,” Ross said. “Haiti is a beautiful country filled with the most resilient people. It is truly heartwarming to know that the most deserving people are able to receive advanced health care because of the Project Medishare staff and volunteers.” Hospital Bernard Mevs houses the only Pediatric neo-natal ICU in Haiti.

Below are a couple of pictures that were taken during their trip.

DJ Griot, Marie, NFL Star Pierre Garçon, Medishare's Wilfrid Macena & Singer Phyllisia Ross

Singer Phyllisia Ross with a baby from the NICU at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare

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With renovations completed, Project Medishare doctors and nurses are treating patients in the clinic again. For almost two years the clinic shared a space with a school down the road. Photo by Jennifer Browning.

By Jennifer Browning

Project Medishare began overseeing the government clinic in Casse in 2007. With a grant provided by Cross International through the government from USAID/PEPFAR, the Casse clinic renovations began in 2009.

During renovations, a local school agreed to share space with Casse medical staff. And although there is still a need for some furniture and some equipment, today the clinic is once again serving the community at its original location.

Altagracia Pierre, 18, who brought her sister’s baby for check up to be vaccinated, said she is happy the renovated clinic is operational.

“When the school shared the clinic there wasn’t much room. Here it is more comfortable and there is more space,” she said. “The service seems better too.”

Pierre said she is appreciative of Project Medishare’s efforts to provide healthcare in her community.

“Here at the clinic it doesn’t cost as much to see the doctor as some other places,” she said. “Also the doctors here do whatever they can to help you. If you need medication and they have it available they make sure you get it.”

Project Medishare nurse Viergerlie Guerrier triages a patient at the newly renovated clinic in Casse. Photo by Jennifer Browning.

Chantal Guerrier, 37, came in for her family planning consultation. She said she loves the renovated clinic.

“It’s beautiful and nice. If you are really sick and you have to stay for the day, there is now a place for you to lie down,” she said. “Before, there was nowhere to rest if you were very sick and waiting to see a doctor.”

She too likes having a clinic nearby in her community also because it helps save money on transportation costs.

“It is good when you have your clinic near you because the healthcare if very close, you don’t have to walk a long distance or take a donkey. It is accessible; it is close which is good especially if there is an emergency,” Guerrier said. “It also helps us save money because we don’t have to spend the money to rent a motorcycle or a donkey. That means I have more money to feed my family.”

Louis Anelus, an auxiliary nurse at the Casse Clinic, worked at the clinic before the renovation plans were in place. He said he can tell that people in the community are happy to have the clinic renovated.

“People were so happy when they heard that improvements would be made to the clinic,” he said. “They were desperate for improvement.”

Anelus said the clinic is so important to the people in the community.

“The clinic here is so important for people because before this clinic, people didn’t have money for healthcare,” he said. “Now with Project Medishare here operating the clinic they pay so little and the community is so happy.”

In the former clinic (seen here), there was no for a laboratory. Today the newly renovated clinic has a lab technician available to run a variety of tests. Photo by Jennifer Browning.

With renovation also came staffing improvements.

“In the old clinic there was a space for a lab, but there was no funding for personnel to operate the lab and run the tests,” he said. “Now we have a lab technician and the lab can function fully.”

But it isn’t just aesthetics and improvement in staffing that excites Anelus, but also that the community is part of what is happening in regards to the improvements in healthcare.

“I am so happy that we have the clinic again and that it is renovated. When we were sharing space with the school down the road we couldn’t see very many patients,” Anelus said. “Here we can see more patients, and I feel that the people in the community are proud to have this clinic here and they feel like they are a part of what is happening. And that is so important.”

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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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When Project Medishare community health agents met 16-year-old Ninitte at a local event in Casse last year, she was severely thin and complaining of pain in her chest.

Ninite (second from the left) with her brothers and sisters at their home in Casse. Photo by Jennifer Browning.

One of Project Medishare’s community health nurses took charge and helped her see a doctor at the hospital in Cange. Ninitte was diagnosed with tuberculosis.

Ninitte improved seven months later and health agents helped her return home where they monitored her condition several times a week.

We hope that today, just a few hours away from the New Year, that you will click here make your 2010 tax-deductible year-end gift so that our medical staff and health agents can continue to help young girls like Ninitte.

But it is important to know that Project Medishare’s health agents didn’t stop after Ninitte returned home.

Our health agents knew Ninitte’s mother had passed away, and that when she returned home, it would be Ninitte’s sister, Angeline, primarily caring for her. Health agents provided consistent home visits to not only make sure Ninitte’s health continued to improve, but they also worked with Angeline in teaching her how to cook healthy meals for the family.

“It was very helpful to have training in order to teach me how to cook healthy meals,” Angeline said. “Now I can not only help my sister get better, but hopefully help keep our family healthy.”

If you have given already, we thank you for your continued support of our programs, like the Community Health Program, that not only assisted Ninitte in growing healthy again, but also serves over 100,000 people in Haiti’s Central Plateau.

There are less than 24 hours left to make your tax-deductible contribution to Project Medishare this year. If you have not given, please click here to make your year-end contribution online now.

Happy New Year to all of our supporters and their family. Once again, thanks for all of your support you have all provided this year and in years to come.

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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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By Jennifer Browning

Last week the Associate Press reported that while many feared Haiti’s growing epidemic would overwhelm the capital, so far, rural Haiti is seeing the worst of this epidemic that has killed over 1,900 people in less than two months.

A Project Medishare nurse working in the Cholera Treatment Center in Mirebalais. Project Medishare and Partners in Health have hired 128 medical and support staff from Mirebalais and the surrounding area to assist in the battle against this deadly epidemic. Photo by Laurene Leger.

A little more than an hour away from the chaos and rioting streets of Port-au-Prince, Project Medishare doctors, nurses and health agents continue to battle cholera in Haiti’s Central Plateau through our community health program and at a Cholera Treatment Center (CTC) in Mirebalais, which is managed jointly by Project Medishare and Partners in Health’s sister organization, Zanmi Lasante.

With an increasing number suspected cholera patients arriving each day, Project Medishare and PIH have increased the capacity of the CTC by hiring additional staff which has grown from the estimated 82 local medical professionals  to 114. The professional and support staff is made up mostly of local Mirebalais residents, with a strong participation from the Cuban Delegation. In addition to treating cholera patients,  Mirebalais CTC  medical staff also serve as educators and advocates within community.

Project Medishare’s medical staff and health agents have received extensive training following WHO standards of cholera disease management by MSH-Belgium and other partners.

In addition to the Mirebalais CTC, Project Medishare is assisting the Ministry of Health (MSPP) in the cholera effort in the Upper Plateau city of Hinche by
providing materials, supplies and technical assistance to the CTC which has been set up in front of St. Therese Hospital.

Project Medishare seeking additional funding to further assist in this life saving activity in Mirebalais and Hinche. If you would like to help Project Medishare with our battle against cholera, please click here to make an online donation in support of our Community Health Program based in Haiti’s Central Plateau.

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