HUFH Clean Water Efforts –More than a Drop in the Bucket

Water equals life. And clean water equals health. It’s a simple concept but it has powerful meaning. Waterborne bacteria cause infectious diarrhea and life threatening cholera and are a direct result of people forced to drink unclean water to survive. So much of the disease that we treat in Haiti would be prevented by the […]

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Hurricane Matthew Relief Efforts: Saving the Children

When disaster strikes a place like Haiti, the first impulse as a medical humanitarian organization is to rush a team to help out on the ground or send lots of supplies without knowing if they are really needed. But there are many ways to help in a disaster and one of the best ways for a […]

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Liza and Nelly: A partnership (and friendship) to help save women’s lives.

Dr. Liza Lizaragga was in her last year of residency at Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey when she traveled to Haiti for the first time last November with HUFH. The focus of the mission was to donate two portable ultrasounds to our partner hospitals and hold workshops on prenatal ultrasound techniques. Dr. Nelly Osias, […]

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Hurricane Matthew: HUFH Responds

The extensive devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew as it crossed over the southern peninsula of Haiti last week has turned out to be much worse than originally feared. Over 900 people have been confirmed dead. Roads are washed away, farmlands destroyed just as they were ready for harvesting, and water sources are at high risk […]

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HUFH Wins Henry Schein Cares Medal for Excellence in Expanding Access to Medical Care

We are proud to announce that Hands Up for Haiti was awarded the inaugural Henry Schein Cares Medal for medical health, an annual award given to an organization that demonstrates excellence in expanding access to medical care for the underserved. Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein, Inc., […]

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A Glimpse at Conducting Public Health Research in Haiti

by Margaret Keneman At HUFH we know that healthcare is not just about treating medical problems; it is about identifying the source of the problem so that we can teach our patients how to prevent illness in the future. We also know that we have to be mindful, respectful, and culturally sensitive in our teachings. […]

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Teaching and Learning in Haiti: Making Connections with Haitian Youth

by Margaret Keneman Bonjou! Kommon ou ye? “Bonjou!,” which means “Hello!” in Haitian Creole, and “Kommon ou ye?,” meaning “How are you?,” are just a few of the expressions that our team practiced before meeting the Haitian youth groups that we would be teaching throughout the week. As part of the public health initiative on […]

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Our Incredible Volunteers

HUFH wants to congratulate Riley Dejong, a HUFH volunteer, on being awarded the NY State Senate’s Liberty Medal at the Women of Distinction event held earlier this month in Chappaqua, NY. Riley, a Lewisboro Volunteer Ambulance Corps Crew Chief and EMT, nursing student, and volunteer on our June 2014 mission, was on the Metro-North train […]

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Reflections on a Summer Mission

by Dr. Mary Ann LoFrumento Summertime provided a unique opportunity for Hands Up for Haiti this July. Unlike so many of our missions that are focused on patient care in our various clinics, this particular trip emphasized the investigation of public health issues as well as the health education of young people in Haiti. The […]

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A Pediatrician’s First Experience in Haiti

Haiti Trip-May, 2015 by  Dr. Janet Schairer This was my first trip to Haiti as well as my first international health experience. Nothing can really prepare you for what to expect. I think the first thing I noticed on the ride from the airport to our compound was the incredible poverty. The second thing was […]

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