In March 2007 three doctors, five registered nurses, and six support staff saw a total of 634 patients over five clinic days at seven different sites. Two of the days were spent at Fond-Frede, the future home of our permanent medical clinic.
Of note, one very ill child was diagnosed and treated for malaria. Two children were diagnosed with a severe form of Tuberculosis affecting the spine referred to as Pott’s disease. The children and their families were referred to a local TB clinic for testing and treatment.
One six year old girl was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. She had not been able to walk for three months. She was treated with children’s ibuprofen (Advil/Motrin). Our director in Haiti, Roudy, saw her 2 weeks later. Her mother was amazed that the day after she started ibuprofen she was a little better, and at 2 weeks was walking, although still in some pain.
Thanks to everyone involved on the trip for making it such a success, and we hope everyone will return in the future.