The Hands Up for Haiti family was deeply saddened by the sudden and unexpected passing late last year of our board member and dear friend, Dr. Hemant Kairam. Hemant, a true humanitarian and gifted pediatrician, was an integral part of Hands Up for Haiti since its inception and an inspiration to us all. He was deeply committed to both the children of Haiti and the education of the next generation of doctors and nurses: He worked tirelessly to build and grow lifesaving pediatric programs on the ground in Haiti and he helped build an enduring Global Health program that offered hundreds of medical students, residents, and nursing students an opportunity to travel to Haiti and learn about caring for children in a resource poor setting. He wanted to open their eyes and touch their hearts as well as educate their minds. Beyond the clinical teaching, he taught them life lessons as he modeled caring, humility, respect for others, and how to advocate for those in need. A member of our board since 2018, his contribution to the organization was immeasurable.
Hemant was an incredible pediatrician to his patients in his private practice in Summit New Jersey, an inspiring teacher of pediatrics for so many students and residents at the Goryeb Children’s Hospital, and a true humanitarian who only wanted to make the world a better place for children. He is greatly missed by his loving family, his patients, his colleagues, and our Hands Up for Haiti staff both here and in Haiti.
To honor his legacy for the children of Haiti, his wife, Dr. Neeraja Kairam has requested that donations be made to Hands Up for Haiti and a memorial fund has been established in his name. You can view the page and the tributes here. We at Hands Up for Haiti continue to honor his memory by supporting the lifesaving programs that he championed.
Please join us on October 21, 2021 in person or in spirit
as we celebrate Dr. Kairam’s Life & Legacy and the HUFH Programs for Children.
It will be an evening of memories, conversation, and food with a Haitian flair, all for a great cause:
ALL PROCEEDS FROM THIS EVENT WILL HELP SUPPORT THE LIFE-SAVING PEDIATRIC PROGRAMS THAT DR. KAIRAM CHAMPIONED:
- Klinik Bebe Byen – Well-Baby Program for Newborns to 1 year
- Mobile Santè – Pediatric Outreach
- Medika Mamba – Malnutrition Program
- Global Health Education and Research