Last October we were kindly donated two new ambulances, which have been a huge blessing to our work in Haiti.
Just in the last few weeks these amabulances have been used for a range of emergencies. Within a 48 hour period they were used to provide emergency transport for three premature babies who were 3 hours away from a specialist neonatal unit, the transfer of a patient left with a spinal cord injury, and an emergency transfer of a patient needing to travel to the Dominican Republic.
Thanks to your support, each of these patients were offered the best support they could have possibly hoped for in Haiti. One of our team were privleged enough to travel on some of these transfers and shared the following... 'despite being in a 4x4 Toyota Ambulance, it was a tough journey transporting one patient with a spinal cord injury across the bumby conutry side from one hospital to another, over a 4 hour journey. Never the less, despite the off-road journey, it was fantastic to see the smile and joy of the patient once they arrived at the new hospital, where they would recieve long term rehabilitation. These ambulances have provided such a critical service in the last few days, and we are incredibly grateful for all those who have blessed Haiti with this support.'
Whilst it's great to have these ambulances, we need your support to keep their services running. We're currently raising funds to support the ambulance drivers, and pay for other operational needs. Please join with us, to keep this work going.
The HCBH Clinic and Ambulance Service continue to provide quality healthcare for not only the region, but to patients across Haiti.
In the past 6 months, our Clinic has had over 3,300 visits. Tomorrow, we’re sending our Land Cruiser ambulance to retrieve a patient with a spinal cord injury from Département Centre - more than 250km away! She will receive excellent care at our Rehabilitation Center, which has the best spinal cord rehabilitation physicians in the country.
Additionally, we are about to receive two new ambulances, donated by the city of Allentown, PA and East Sheen Baptist Church in London! We are extremely grateful for these extraordinary gifts, which will allow us to triple the amount of patients we are able to help through our Ambulance Service, which is an extremely vital part of our mission. One of the most significant hurdles to receiving healthcare in Haiti is a lack of physical accessibility. With our Ambulance Service, we are able to overcome this roadblock, saving countless lives.
We sincerely thank you for your contributions to the Clinic and Ambulance Service! Please prayerfully consider continuing your support!
Thank you for your continued support for The Haiti Health Trust (THHT) and the community health center in Haiti. We have been very busy the last several months continuing to provide exceptional health care to a patient population of over 30,000 in northern Haiti, treating everything from the common cold to Cholera. Our clinic saw 1214 patients in January and February, and we recently purchased a new ambulance to extend our emergency services.
The daily tales of need can be intensely harrowing here, and are a constant reminder as to the great need of why we’re here. In early January, one of our ambulance drivers knocked on the office's door, asking if we could come and help with an emergency, after a truck full of people had flipped over outside the hospital. About 22 patients subsequently crammed into the clinic, which ended up looking more like an accident and emergency ward. The staff did a fantastic job, dealing with some very critical cases, and undoubtedly saving many lives.
In other news, our Medical Director, Dr Paul Toussaint was presented with a national award in Haiti last week, honoring the work he’s done for paediatric care in Northern Haiti. It was a great honor for him to receive such an award, and very much deserved. His passion and hunger for justice in the area of healthcare is truly inspirational, and it’s a privilege to serve with him!
There is much to be celebrated and much that spurs serious reflection on healthcare issues here in Haiti. Please join us, and continue your support. Stay updated at www.haitihealthtrust.org.
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