Hello friends! The February trip to Cherident went really well. First of all, we had the pleasure of meeting the new priest of St. Matthias parish: Father Fred! The parish has been blessed with Father Fred and his family. He has great energy and tremendous faith. He loves the clinic, and he is whole-heartedly invested in the parish. We were also able to meet and communicate with local notables to get a feel for the clinic's impact on the community. We received great feedback, as well as constructive criticism. One thing that was truly interesting: we are the only functioning clinic now. Two neighboring clinics have closed due to a lack of funding or the government. (And by neighboring, I mean it is 1-3 miles away via unpaved, pothole-ridden, mountainous terrain, and most people have to walk). So, it is up to us to deliver healthcare to the entire population. The majority of the patients battle gastrointestinal problems, which are managed with medications. The neediest patients are our mothers and children. Medika Mamba ("peanut butter medicine") is helping combat malnutrition, and many babies are thriving from these supplements. Children are often seen for dermatologic concerns or the common cold, and both are managed with medication as well. Pregnant women have the highest mortality risk for numerous reasons. Nutrition is a concern, of course. Hemorrhaging during childbirth is a potential danger. But what we heard over our visit was that syphilis is common, and it can cause stillborns. We were told one woman came to the clinic and the doctor did not hear a fetal heartbeat. He told her to go to the clinic in Leogane (approx. 9 miles away) because the stillborn needed to be removed. Because she did not go to the clinic, she died. It is tragic and we could feel Dr. Catolin's remorse when sharing this story. According to Dr. Catolin, most of the pregnant women do not come in for a visit until they are over halfway through their pregnancies. HHP would like to improve maternal and child care because it is clearly needed. Most of the conditions presented to the clinic are controlled with medication. Pregnancy is not so simple. With continued support, we hope to provide comprehensive maternity care. Dr. Catolin is qualified and interested in maternal care. We have great faith in him and the staff! We are very excited about the potential for our clinic and the good work that has already been done. Thank you all for loving and caring about the clinic in Cherident.
Please join us on October 12th at the lovely Malibou Lake clubhouse for an evening of jazz, wine tasting of wines from six different wineries, gourmet food and a heartwarming film about the great work being done at the health center in rural Haiti. For tickets email email@example.com or send in $75 per person to our mailing address: 4607 Lakeview Canyon Road #640, Westlake Villlage, CA 91361. Deadline is October 7th. Hope to see you there!
Haiti Healthcare Partners (HHP) is a non-profit 501c3 charity that was established over five years ago to bring affordable primary medical care to the inhabitants in and around the community of
There is much still to do and opportunities abound to expand our effectiveness: a simple laboratory to diagnose illnesses, solar panels for electricity for lighting and drug refrigeration, community health worker for outreach, etc.