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Our November Team in Haiti

A team of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, interpreters and other volunteers with Global Health Volunteers traveled to Haiti on November 10 to 19, 2017 and provided medical care and education to over 530 children and adults.  Gros Morne, in the Artibonite Region in Northwest Haiti, is remote and requires a lot of perseverance and planning to mobilize the medical team and supplies first to Port-au-Prince, the capital, and then continue the journey, 100 miles north that takes 5-6 hours to reach Gros Morne.  From Gros Morne the team and supplies travels even further on the back of pick-up trucks over rough, unpaved roads to reach communities with little or no access to medical care.  Heavy rains during the mission did not dampen the team's focus on helping as many patients as they can and providing more health education to each person at every opportunity through discussions and presentations in their language, Haitian Kreyol.  Some provided health education before or after the patient's primary care visit.  Three team members visited a nearby school and led health education discussions and lessons with young students. As is true with each Global Health Volunteers mission, the team left donated funds to provide follow-up care, including surgeries, for a number of patients.  Medicines and medical supplies were also left with two clinics to assist in ongoing care.  The team will return to Haiti next fall to continue this most important work.