New Year in Haiti

January 1, 2008

We had a very quiet holiday here in Haiti, where the true significance of Christmas is not drowned out by the commercialism that is so much a part of US celebrations.  New Year’s Day is actually a bigger celebration here and it is a time to wish friends and family members health, prosperity and longevity…

Public Health Corner December 2007

December 7, 2007

You will notice that we write quite often about the goal of providing primary health care to the people in the areasurrounding our clinic site in Gatineau. You may wonder what, exactly, is primary health care? Basically, it refers to the first level of health care in the community and may include some or all…

December 2007

December 1, 2007

We have just gone through a very wet rainy season and the road we have to travel up the mountain from Jeremie to our clinic site has become nearly impassable.  We’ve been pleading with the local government transportation director to make some repairs to it, so please pray with us that our concerns will be…

November 2007

November 1, 2007

Our clinic site in Haiti is in the mountains outside the town of Jeremie.  It’s only 15 miles away, but takes over an hour to reach in a 4-wheel drive vehicle, due to the extremely poor condition of the roads.  When people in the mountains are ill, they often need to be carried down the…

Public Health Corner October 2007

October 7, 2007

When we think of public health, we think or populations of people, whether in a village, city, country, continent or theworld. In fact, the motto of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where I recently received my Master of Public Health degree, is “Saving lives, millions at a time”.  As Christians, however, we are…

Clinic Opening – First Week Update

September 13, 2007

I wanted to give you a little update about our clinic opening on the 28th of August. There were over 100 people waiting for us when we arrived at the little house where we were to hold the clinic. We took in all our supplies and medications and got all set up, then greeted everyone…

August 2007 Newsletter

August 10, 2007

Our August 2007 newsletter is now available on the News page of our website.

March 2007 Newsletter

March 10, 2007

The following post begins our March 2007 newsletter. Greetings from Gatineau, Haiti A young Haitian man from a village near Gatineau was cut with a machete while working in his fields a few weeks ago. The next day he began having spasms in his muscles and by the following day he was dead. The cause…

Public Health Corner March 2007

March 7, 2007

One of the things that is very important to us in terms of the sustainability of our work here in Haiti has to do with community participation. When the local community participates in the development of a project, both in terms of planning and implementation, the project is more likely to succeed over the long…

Public Health Corner October 2006

October 7, 2006

One of the things that is very important to the success and long-term sustainability of this project is community involvement.  Those of you who have spent time in Haiti know how difficult it is to get Haitian communities to organize themselves to accomplish a task.  They don’t trust one another and don’t often like to…