A Most Challenging Mission- Part One- The Rains Came

by Dr. Mary Ann LoFrumento This was my seventh Global Health trip to Haiti, and I felt very confident leading this team of fourteen doctors, nurses and volunteers. We had been planning for months and preparing for weeks. The plan was to arrive in Cap Haitien and then head west to the remote fishing region […]

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Hands Up for Haiti Opens “Our Door” for Pastor Wiljean and His Family

Almost every Hands Up for Haiti volunteer who has traveled to northern Haiti has been welcomed at Open Door in Bois de Lance. In fact, this clinic was the site of the very first medical mission in 2010 when the founding team went to Haiti after the devastating earthquake. They were welcomed at that time […]

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Introducing Cervical Cancer Screen & Treat to Haiti

By: Dr. Jill Ratner, President, Hands Up for Haiti I opened my New York Times recently and my eye immediately went to a front page story entitled “Fighting a Cancer with Vinegar and Ingenuity”. I smiled, knowing what I was about to read.  I had just returned from a medical mission in Haiti doing just […]

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Journal Excerpt: Through the eyes of a volunteer (part 2)

Author: Jayant “Jay” Kairam While core medical skills, triaging and differential diagnosis are very translatable to my professional environment, where we must prioritize in service delivery and amongst finite resources. What needs to be addressed now? What can wait? What can subsist with basic service? Assess the problem and identify solutions. The right recommendations must […]

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HUFH Journal Excerpt: Through the eyes of a volunteer

Author: Jayant “Jay” Kairam “I found the daily visage of the cruise ship a too perfect analogy for the historic barriers the country continues to face. How can a place so close to so much wealth be so far away?” As the sole non-health professional on the team, I had to sort of explain my […]

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Summary: A successful trip

This was our first educational mission for students and residents and I believe it was a success. The members of our team worked very well with the staff at HVH and our translators. Even Jay, who was non medical volunteer served an important role in helping with logistics and registration, as well as helping to […]

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Hands Up for Haiti partners with SOIL!

Author: Dr. Mary Ann Lofrumento SHADA, Cap Haitien SHADA: An extremely poor area in Cap-Haitien. The garbage-filled landscape there is peppered with crude shacks, unclothed children dirty from the mud, and mothers whose eyes have been robbed of any hope. Shada literally means misery in Creole, which is an unfortunate description of the slum. Hands […]

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Hands Up for Haiti partners with Haiti Hospital Appeal

After returning to Cap Haitian, Tiffany Keenan, Judy and I were able to visit Haiti Hospital Appeal and Nate Nickerson from Konbit Sante. Carwyn and Reninca, a  young couple from the UK have established a mini hospital that is amazing. Powered by solar panels, they have a spinal cord injury unit and are building a […]

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HUFH Partners with Haiti Village Health

Tiffany Keenan: Dr. Keenan worked with us to ensure that everything went smoothly.  Problems were addressed as a group and solutions proposed. Tiffany very much wants to continue working with Hands Up for Haiti on collaborative efforts to improve medical care in Cap Haitien and the surrounding communities. They will welcome future teams who wish […]

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Education all around.

Students & Residents Each one of our students had to prepare in advance a topic to discuss with the group and after the debriefing, they took turns presenting to the group. This included the Haitian staff and Dr. Brinvert. The topics covered were Malaria/Dengue; HIV- AIDS, Malnutrition, Parasites and Parasitic diseases, and Diarrheal Disease including […]

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