The Hands Up for Haiti family is deeply saddened to announce the sudden and unexpected passing of our board member Dr. Hemant Kairam, a gifted pediatrician who has been an integral part of Hands Up for Haiti since its inception. Hemant was deeply committed to both the children of Haiti and the education of the next generation of doctors and nurses. 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 will be 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.