HEAL Haiti organizes two days of health care in St-Marc

From April 22-23, 2014, Health Education Action League for Haiti (HEAL Haiti) is the second health clinic in St Marc. In preparation for the city’s patronal holiday, hundreds of patients were consulted on site.

Publié le 2014-05-02 | Le Nouvelliste

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Bertho, 39, walks with difficulty. His left foot bears a wound. He came to see doctors and nurses who volunteered their services in Pont-Tambour. This event, organized by HEAL Haiti was in preparation for St- Marc’s patron holiday. Gretha Fièvre, Founder of New York based HEAL Haiti, mobilized Haitian health care providers based in the United States and local professionals. A nurse told Bertho in clear terms "You're young. You have to take care of your foot. A diabetic should be provident." The unemployed father of four explained that it is expensive to manage diabetes in St-Marc. "Insulin costs more than 1,000 gourdes and a blood glucose test cost 250 gourdes," he said. He saw family member die in tragic circumstances. “One of my aunts was amputated. She had no means and did not know how to manage her diabetes.” After consultations, Fièvre handed him a medical kit and a daily blood glucose testing kit. Bertho learned that he must follow the recommendations they provided including an adequate and balanced diet and regular physical exercise to better cope with this chronic disease. Bertho’s case and that of other patients are of interest to Fièvre. She wants to build a nursing school in St Marc, her native town. A teacher with a Master’s Degree in Health Management and Education in Nursing, she is thinking of to returning to her homeland. André Guilaine is one of 13 Haitian health professionals who came from different U.S. states. On the ground, she managed the nursing staff. "This is a commendable initiative that is to serve those who need health care. I have been a volunteer since last year and I intend to come back,” she said. Dr Michèle Milien of the Esther Boucicault Foundation (FEBS in French), considers that the presence of so many patients during the HEAL Haiti activity reflects the the St-Marc population’s need in health care. "As soon as HEAL Haiti approached us, FEBS headed by my mother, Esther Boucicaut, we agreed to assist as did my fellow doctors from several hospitals in the Artibonite Department." Patients who were in attendance received medication and kits prepared for the occasion. Article by Claude Bernard Sérant Translated from Le Nouvelliste by Rachele Viard

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