The team consisted of two PAs Collin and Kaitlin who rocked the day treating patients, teaching, answering multiple questions, calculating medication dosages. We had 3 RNs, several skilled EMTs and first responders, and pre-med students. We were also pleased to have a group of 6 student volunteers from Florida State University. There were 5-6 exam rooms working throughout the day. The pharmacy was insanely busy and although chaotic and crazy at times, things ran efficiently, patients got their medications with thorough instruction in Creole and prescription cards to present for refills on chronic meds. We gave out 1000s and 1000s of childrens prenatal and multivitamins and gave deworming pills and fluoride treatments to 100s. Andy you were awesome!!! We had the honor and pleasure to have Dr Silveste a local MD from Croix De Bouquet join us all week. He was knowledgeable, enthusiastic, kind and best of all has agreed to return to work in the clinic at least one day a week to provide the opportunity for ongoing healthcare, follow-up visits and medication refills to our patients! We hope to have Dr Silveste on our future teams. Sustaining the health care of our patients between teams is the ultimate goal of THMT and by obtaining commitments from local health care professionals the clinic can stay open more frequently. We also had a local team performing HIV testing throughout the week.
Patients presented with a variety of aliments from severe staph infections, to bugs in ears, sniffles and tummy aches, also the very severe hypertension and Diabetes so prevalent in the community. For many patients this is their only opportunity for health care and our clinicians take advantage of the opportunity to teach about the disease process, diet, and prevention. Several team members also had the opportunity to go into the homes of patients who were unable to come into the clinic and provide treatment, supplies and instruction to the families on how to care for their loved ones.
Thank you to our hosts at Bethel Foundation, Pastor Nathan, Tutu, Madam Claude our translators and the wonder staff at the guest house. The staff at THMT also thanks our volunteers, we know what a sacrifice it is to leave your homes, school, families and take your “vacation or spring break” working 8-10 hour days to serve the people of Haiti. You are all welcome back anytime.
Gail Braun R.N