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October 10, 2013

Okay, everybody, sing to the tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”:

 

   Lave, lave, lave men nou               Wash, wash, wash your hands

   Lave men nou chak jou                  Wash your hands each day

   Avan w manje, apre w twalet,        Before you eat, after you use the toilet

   E nou va gen santé. ...

January 20, 2011

As many of you may know, we are in the middle of a 3-year project to improve and pave the road between Cayes, on the southern coast and Jérémie, on the northern coast of the southern peninsula of Haiti.  We’ve traveled on the “new” road several times in the past few months and each time has ended up being quite an adventure, due to the varying state of repair of the road as the crews work on it.  In early December, on our...

December 14, 2010

This update refers to my previous blog from December 9th.  Yesterday we met with the local government leader who works in the area where the three murders occurred.  He said that Thursday night, he was called to investigate the situation and he interviewed several people and summoned the commissioner, or highest government lawyer in Jeremie, to investigate.  It seems that the deaths were a payback to the witchdoctor for p...

December 9, 2010

Today was a day I’ll not forget for a long time – a day where rumor became reality and justice seems like a nonexistent dream.  Let me first give you some background.

 

Over the past two weeks, there have been reports of cholera cases here in the Jeremie area, but it has been difficult to get an estimate of how widespread the disease actually is.  Fear of the disease is rampant, however, due to lack of knowledge regarding t...

November 10, 2010

The cholera epidemic has now reached Port-au-Prince, according to Haitian government health officials.  Over 70 cases have been identified in people who live in Port-au-Prince, but contracted the disease while visiting outside the capital.  Several cases have been reported in patients who have not left the capital city, which means that it was acquired there, rather than in the area where the epidemic began.  This is a se...

November 1, 2010

I’m sure you are all aware from the news channels that there has been an outbreak of cholera in Haiti.  Cholera is a very deadly disease, causing severe diarrhea that leads quickly to dehydration and death.  This is the first time it has been reported in Haiti and is a very serious situation on top of all the other problems here related to the January earthquake.  It was first reported on October 20th in the town of St. M...

November 4, 2009

Clarice sat in her chair on the side of the desk in my examination room, looking intently at the little test cartridge.  I was talking to her as the HIV rapid test result was developing.  I realized she probably wasn’t hearing much of what I said – she was concentrating on the test cartridge.  I think she already knew the result – most of our HIV positive patients have been tested before and come to us to confirm their fe...

July 7, 2009

Our overarching goal at Friends for Health in Haiti is to improve the health and change the lives and hearts of the people of Haiti. We desire to do this by providing integrated health care to patients of all ages, in a nurturing, Christian environment. We feel that it is important to maintain dignity while providing charitable care, instill a sense of responsibility, rather than contribute to dependency and strive for lo...

July 16, 2008

This afternoon we took another pediatric patient to the general hospital in Jérémie. We had seen him, a three-year old boy, last Thursday with fever and malaria. Since his father died and his mother lives in Port-au-Prince, he lives with his grandmother in a community near the clinic. We told the grandmother that if he wasn’t doing well over the weekend to take him down to Jérémie to the hospital. As it turned out, his fe...

June 25, 2008

Greetings once again from Jeremie, Haiti! As I mentioned in a previous blog, Cherlie Severe and I recently spent a few weeks in the US, attending conferences, visiting family and taking care of business related to our Haiti ministry. The first conference we attended was the annual conference for Christian Connections for International Health. This is a wonderful organization which seeks to provide resources and networking...

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