Posted in Uncategorized, tagged American Red Cross, Bernard Mevs, Digital X-ray machine, donate to Project Medishare, Haiti, healthcare in Haiti, Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, pediatrics, Project Medishare, red cross on April 14, 2011|
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Port Au Prince, Haiti (Thursday, April 14, 2011) – In recognition of the ongoing commitment of the American Red Cross to Haiti, an American Red Cross National Board of Governors member and her husband have agreed to donate funds to construct a lifesaving 5 bed pediatric respiratory unit and purchase a Digital X-ray Machine for Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. This 5 bed pediatric respiratory unit will be built as an addition to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit currently operating at the hospital, and will provide a sterile environment to house the most critically ill children and infants who remain on ventilator support.
“After the catastrophic earthquake in January, we treated tens of thousands of Haitians; and continue today to treat as many critically ill and injured patients as any major metropolitan medical center in the United States,” said Dr. Barth Green, the Co-Founder and President of Project Medishare. Green continued, “This generous donation will enable the hospital to continue the lifesaving work and patient care for the most critically ill and injured adults, infants and children in Haiti. We are so grateful to the American Red Cross and to this family foundation for their support.”
Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the general public, and it remains the only Critical Care and Trauma Hospital in Haiti. In the last six months alone thanks to the support of the American Red Cross grant, this hospital has been able to treat over 50,000 patients and perform thousands of lifesaving operations. Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare employs over 200 Haitian staff including allied healthcare professionals and support staff. They are joined by a dozen full time international staff that provide specialized services, including an on-the-job mentoring program to build capacity in the healthcare sector in Haiti.
- A young patient in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare
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Posted in Friends of Project Medishare, medical trips, University of Texas, tagged Casse, Haiti, internal medicine, maternal health, mobile clinics in Haiti, Ob-Gyn in Haiti, obstectrics, pediatrics, University of Texas health And Science Center at San Antonio, UTHSCSA on January 4, 2010|
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By Saray Stayer and Valerie Libby*
Our day began winding through the dirt roads of an unknown country as we made our way to LaHoye clinic in Casse. We drove past vibrantly painted, boarded shacks, beautiful mountains (though sadly barren of trees and birds), and corner stores consisting of little more than a crooked, wooden table full of goods. However, as we approached our destination, the barren landscape turned into vibrant energy full of Haitians carrying their goods on their beasts or their heads as they made their weekly trip to the market. Despite the lack of shoes, muddy roads, and long treks, these people seemed impervious to any obstacle.
Women on their way to market. Central Plateau, Haiti.
Our mobile clinic team began to triage patients towards one of three areas: Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, and Ob-Gyn. We learned not only of our patient’s illnesses, but also of their lives. One woman in particular had unforgettably sad eyes and came to us complaining of neck pain-a result of the weight of the water she carries on her head daily. We realized, however, her greater problem was feeling the weight of the world on her shoulders. She was a middle-aged schoolteacher for first and second graders and a mother of five children. She hadn’t been paid her salary in the past two months and she had a husband who was never home. While explaining her situation to us, tears began to well up in her eyes. As our attention turned into sympathy, she remembered her strength and proudly declared, “I can work a hoe!”
This lady exemplifies the resilience of the Haitian people. Despite all of the hardships, they utilize their resources, take pride in their energy and try to lead vibrant and fulfilling lives. We are proud to serve such an inspiring people through Project Medishare.
*Saray Stayer is a 2nd year medical student at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Valerie Libby is a 1st year medical student at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and are spending this week working with Project Medishare’s Haitian medical staff during mobile clinics and home visits. This is their first trip to Haiti.
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