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Medical Volunteers Treat 105 Patients
April 12, 2012

UPLIFT Haiti’s all-volunteer medical team treated 105 Haitian patients in March during a two-day medical clinic in the coastal village of Petit-Trou-de-Nippes. 

The five-person team of U.S. and Haitian volunteers also began a deworming program for local preschool children. Fifty-five children received a safe and inexpensive medication that will cure and prevent infection by a variety of intestinal worms. We provided enough medication to protect the children for a year.

Please consider making a donation to UPLIFT Haiti so that we can continue our important work in Petit-Trou-de-Nippes, which has no local medical infrastructure.

You can make a tax-deductible donation here.

Intestinal parasites are extremely common in Haiti. The parasites exact their greatest toll on very young children. They rob food nutrients and make children more vulnerable to malnutrition and disease at an age of critical development.

The March visit was our second to Petit-Trou-de-Nippes, located 90 miles west of Port-au-Prince and just east of the Bay of Baradères.

During the March 10-17 visit, our medical team also conducted followup sessions for a small group of young adults whom we began training in public health topics in May 2011. (See details of the 2011 visit.)

These young adults now serve their community as informal health care ambassadors. They meet twice a month to review information and discuss ongoing projects. For example, they began a cholera prevention project, including cleaning and restricting access to areas of beach that had often been used as an open latrine.

The UPLIFT Haiti medical team also made home visits to examine several patients unable to travel to the clinic, and referred others for further treatment or diagnostic tests.

A detailed report on the March 2012 visit will soon be posted on the website.

Haitian physician and UPLIFT Haiti volunteer Dr. Thony Guillaume examines a patient with degenerative joint disease during the medical clinic in Petit-Trou-de-Nippes.
Dr. Thony examines patient


Below, UPLIFT Haiti nurse Lydie Alexandre hands a child a chewable tablet of albendazole, a de-worming medication. We provided enough medication to protect all 55 of the children for a year.

Lydie distributing deworming tablets to children



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