January 12, 2013 marked the 3-year anniversary of the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Southern Haiti and shook the world. Since then, Medical Teams International (MTI) volunteers have tirelessly served to help rebuild and renew the country that left millions of Haitians homeless, injured and struggling to survive.
With the new year brings new hope for the people of Haiti. Here are a few updates of how Medical Teams International continues to provide hope and help:
During the first months of 2013, MTI administered more treatment sessions to more patients than ever before. In January, we started a weekly therapy/support group for persons with strokes, and in February, we commenced our first organized support group meeting for people with amputations. These meetings provide participants with the support they need to overcome physical and emotional challenges. Through our collaborative relationship with Cure Clubfoot Worldwide, we are able to bestow direct care at no cost to the patients. In February, we held a seminar on clubfoot, where an orthopedic surgeon provided training to staff and patients.
We are conducting amputee soccer team practices for a team in Camp Perrin. We are also in the process of developing another team in Les Cayes. The MTI Advantage Program continues to partner with the Secretary of State for the Inclusion of Persons with Handicaps (SEIPH) to make recreational activities for persons with disabilities a promise, not just a possibility.
We continue to provide support to Haitians in the greater Port-a-Piment area by conducting a mobile clinic 1-2 times per month.
We are making progress in the development of Centre Medical Beraca’s emergency department.
Medical Teams International plans to continue monthly support group meetings, establish treatment options for patients and provide as much needed care as we can. Thank you for your support in making this possible!
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