Mission Work in Haiti
Dr. Carmen and his medical team have a passion for medical mission work. They take part in yearly mission trips to Haiti and the Dominican Republic to provide medical care.
Dr. Federoff shares Dr. Carmen’s passion for medical mission work as she volunteers in the Dominican Republic one to two times per year to medically treat those in need.
Nurse Laurie Adams and Office manager Maureen X spend most of their mission time in Haiti. Teams of physicians, nurses and medical students travel to Haiti and volunteer for medical missions. As seen below, as they arrive they are greeted by a sea of humanity, impoverished Haitians who have been waiting desperately for them to arrive and deliver care.
Under the sweltering sun, old women, mothers with babies, sick men and entire families wait long hours to make sure they can get to see a doctor.
Some wait several hours, arriving at 4 a.m., four and a half hours before the physicians even showed up. Others had come a day earlier from nearby towns to have medical care for conditions they have suffered with for months, some for more than a year.
Haiti’s Health Care System Still in a Poor State
Although it has been over 6 years since a massive earthquake battered the island nation of Haiti on January 12, 2010, the Haitian health care system remains mired in a state of devastation.
Since then tens of thousands of Haitians have received free, high-quality health care at facilities provided by medical mission teams who travel to Haiti to provide care.
The inadequate response to the recurrent cholera epidemic—the other catastrophe that first struck Haiti in 2010—signifies the delays in the recovery of the country’s health system. For three years now, cholera has struck Haitians in unforgiving waves. In 2012 alone nearly 23,000 cholera victims were treated in cholera treatment centers in Port-au-Prince and Léogâne. The number of cases increased after Hurricanes Isaac and Sandy hit Haiti last fall, causing sewers to overflow and spreading the bacteria that transmit the disease.
The Country’s Other Care Givers
Upon Dr. Carmen’s return to the States, Dr. Carmen sadly spoke of what he referred to as “His Competition” in Haiti… The Witch Doctor who practices Voodoo. He spoke of one 5 year old boy who died unnecessarily from Tuberculosis because his mother insisted on Voodoo, and refused Western Medicine… until it was too late.
Haiti Country Stats
Even before the earthquake on January 12, 2010, rates of under-nutrition among children in Haiti were among the highest in the Latin America and Caribbean region. In 2005, one out of every three children under five was stunted, or chronically undernourished; one out of 10 was wasted, or acutely malnourished; and six out of 10 were anemic. In addition, about one fourth of all children were born with low birth weight.
Detailed Country Statistics (http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/haiti_statistics.html)