The February and March medical teams have returned home after spending time at the Clinic of Hope and workingalongside Haitian team members. Here are some highlights:
- More than 2,300 patients were seen, many with difficult medical cases.
- Severe eye, cardiac, pulmonary, obstetrical and pediatric cases were appropriately managed because of the large number of medical specialists on the teams.
- Twenty minor surgeries were performed, including several severe facial abscesses in children.
- More than 4 tons of beans and rice were distributed to some of the poorest of Haiti.
- After five years of planning and praying, we have a solar refrigerator for the second floor of the clinic. This is a huge benefit to Madame Elvire and her kitchen staff as they prepare meals for team members.
- Team members were overjoyed to see 8-year-old Joel, who had completely recovered from his congenital heart surgery that was performed in France this past winter, and Luvince, a young man who almost died of esophageal strictures last fall. (Read the March newsletter for these stories.)
- Team members celebrated the fourth graduation ceremony of the women’s trade school, which is a three-year program that teaches women job skills to improve the lives of their families. HFH provided each graduate with a treadle sewing machine.
- Eight teaching sessions were shared with the Haitian medical staff. These sessions helped created a bond between the Haitian and American team members.
- Team members held English lessons for students at the school in Terre Blanche.
Final thoughts… The clinic work was extremely difficult for Haitian and American team members. Everyone agreed that we are seeing more difficult cases. Also, Terre Blanche is the driest anyone can remember. Please pray for rain so the spring crops can be planted and grow till harvest.