Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Haiti Mission Trip - Medical Clinic and Food Handout

Patients waiting to be seen at the clinic (above and below).

While the construction contingent was cutting, hauling, mixing, pounding and pouring, the medical unit was seeing scores of patients on a daily basis. By the time we headed out to work after Mass and breakfast, there were already hundreds of people waiting to be seen. We were blessed to have three doctors (a surgeon, a cardiologist and a family practice physician), half a dozen nurses and several very competent assistants to meet these needs. In addition to dealing with general ailments, there was a special effort to address severely malnourished children using a nutrition rich medical food supplement produced right in Haiti.

Mother and child.

A family posing under the palms.

Charlie and Connie helping an elderly patient.

Pre-screening in the church.
All in all the medical unit saw nearly 2000 patients, in some cases referring and even transporting some of the more serious cases to local hospitals.

Blood pressure station.

Annette, Dr. Henry, Pat and Br. Henry at the records desk with Sr. Ann Kateri.

Dr. Joe beside translator Joseph, and Dr. Henry with a patient.
On the afternoon of our second  last full day in Carrefour both the medical and the construction "divisions" joined hands to help distribute more than 13,000 pounds of food to more than 400 families. Each of the recipients received a card from a local community coordinator, based on the need of the family. Rice, beans, spaghetti, cooking oil, sugar, vitamins and other supplies were given out in large, heavy bags. It was especially joyful for us to see some of the families for whom we were building latrines also on line to receive food for their children.

Charlie at the head of the food handout line.

All hands on deck for bagging food.

Helping an older woman with the heavy bag of supplies.

Happy to be leaving with a full load!

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