Like Water on Parched Earth
Haiti Foundation of Hope has always felt that medical education is extremely important. In 2009, HFH held its first conference for medical professionals who work in northern rural Haiti.
Terre Blanche is off the main road and getting there can be a challenge. Many attendees travel 2-3 hours or more to participate. There were 30 participants in 2009. After years of growth, there were more than 200 medical professionals at the 2018 conference.
March 9, 2019 is the date for the ninth medical conference at the Clinic of Hope in the rural village of Terre Blanche. The conference will be held during the time when HFH brings two medical teams to Terre Blanche.
Over the past eight years, more than 40 medical topics have been presented by both American and Haitian colleagues.
Ongoing medical education is limited in Haiti so it is not surprising that one of the participants commented that these medical conferences are like water on parched earth.
HFH provides these annual conferences free of charge to participants. Through these medical conferences we provide education, encouragement and HOPE to Haitian medical professionals who are doing the difficult work of daily medical care and support of the people of Haiti.
Voices from the Conference
Dr. Laura Kuipers, an internist at Portland Providence Medical Center, has presented five times. She writes:
I’ve been practicing medicine for the past 13 years and have had the opportunity and responsibility to teach upcoming medical students, resident physicians and nurses.
I consider this one of the most difficult and yet rewarding parts of my career. This opportunity to shape the learning and practice of new providers is something that Haiti Foundation of Hope puts great value on and I am so happy to partner with them on this.
The Medical Conference has been part of the team that I have served on for five years. We provide diverse, high quality, free education to the medical providers working in Haiti. American and Haitian experts lecture in a variety of fields.
This is rewarding work and an opportunity to pay it forward.
Clinic of Hope staff are always involved in the medical conferences and they shared some of what the conferences mean to them. Some of the staff who provided insight to the work of the conference are Dr. Avril Dominique, Clinic of Hope Medical Sub Committee President; Dr. Emmanuel Mercier, Clinic of Hope Medical Director and Medical Sub Committee Vice President; and Ms. Fredeline, Clinic of Hope Principal Nurse.
- The medical conference is a very important tool of Haiti Foundation of Hope in the ministry at the Clinic of Hope.
- We have physicians and nurses come from many towns and localities to attend. They are always satisfied as they share this experience.
- This allows physicians and nurses from different hospitals and centers of health in the country to meet and know each other.
- There is better understanding of international medicine and what is available at the Clinic of Hope.
- It empowers the participants with medical knowledge.
- A compassionate heart is shown to serve the poor and it reinforces the professional ethic at the Clinic of Hope.
- Patients of the neediest areas have more medical attention because of the conferences.
- We ask that the medical conferences continue because they are very important for Haiti.
How to Help
Would you consider making a tax-deductible donation to help provide lecture materials, meals and travel expenses for Haitian providers for these one-day medical conferences?
The cost per person is $20. Would you consider sponsoring one, two or more Haitian medical professionals? HFH is anticipating about 250 participants for 2019 and has set a goal of $5,000 to fund the conference.
A gift of any amount will make a difference. You can make an online tax-deductible donation of any amount directly to Haiti Foundation of Hope.
Thank you for helping to provide continuing medical education for Haitian medical professionals.