Currently, until a permanent medical presence is in place, Forward in Health sends 2-3 medical missions to Haiti each year. 2-3 doctors, 3-6 nurses, and non-medical volunteers from many walks of life, travel for 7-10 days at a time working out of makeshift clinics. This may be a school, church, or even on our open land.
Currently we see primarily children, 100-150 per clinic day. We ration our medical resources because adults often have chronic illnesses, and we cannot provide continuing medical care. All children leave with multivitamins for a month, Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) for future fever or pain, a tooth brush and tooth paste.
Children are seen with illnesses such as malnutrition, anemia, intestinal worms, ear infections, skin infections, and pneumonia. Children have been treated for Malaria, Tuberculosis, and Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Click on the links below to view statistics on number of children seen by FIH in 2007 and 2008 including number of each illness diagnosed and medications dispensed.