Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti

by STAND The Haiti Project
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Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti
Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti
Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti
Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti
Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti
Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti
Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti
Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti
Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti
Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti
Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti
Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti
Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti
Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti
Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti
Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti
Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti
Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti
Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti
Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti
Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti
Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti
Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti
Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti
Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti
Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti
Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti
Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti
Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti
Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti
Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti
Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti
Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti
Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti
Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti
Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti
Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti
Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti
Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti
Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti
Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti
Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti
Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti
Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti
Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti
Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti
Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti
Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti
Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti
Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti
Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti

Spring has sprung and it seems there is finally a light at the end of the COVID tunnel! We personally cannot wait for restaurants to open back up again so we can get some of that Haitian food we have been missing and craving this past year! While COVID is slowing down in most of the United States, it is still wreaking havoc on Haiti. Food and gas insecurities are now the norm coupled with growing economic instability. Hospitals and clinics continue to be limited by supply and staff shortages and are unable to consistently take in patients. That being said, the STAND clinic is making the best of it. Our pediatric clinic continues to grow exponentially, and the adult clinic is really taking off.

Nicholson is working hard to grow the adult clinic and his hard work is paying off. He now sees several patients a day with a variety of diagnoses from stroke, orthopedic injuries to complicated neuro diagnosis. In addition to working with the patients on their physical needs, he also continues to educate them about COVID, blood pressure and diabetes. The most exciting addition to our adult clinic is our treadmill! It has travelled a long way to get to us with many delays along the way, but it is finally here! In addition, we also have new exercise bikes, medicine balls and strengthening equipment, thanks to some very generous donors back in the States. This equipment will allow our patients to learn how to use proper body mechanics, strengthen weak muscles, and work on their cardiovascular fitness. We can’t wait to get back to the clinic to see all the amazing work Nicholson has done!

The outreach and pediatric clinics continue to grow by leaps and bounds. Autumn, Marthe and the rehab techs see several kids each a day for education, strengthening, sensory integration and equipment and bracing needs. In addition, the vitamin and nutrition program is growing rapidly with 250 children enrolled. Though this past year had been rough, the STAND clinic has been able to send children to Port au Prince for life saving surgeries. Derniska is one of those children. Derniska has a large mass on her pancreas that was life threatening. Thanks to our STAND family, were able to raise the funds for her travel and surgery and she is now back home and fully recovered!

This year has not been easy for anyone and we are so blown away by how giving you all have been. Your contributions have allowed us to COVID-ize the clinic, provide much needed education to the community and to keep our clinic open. Please continue to keep us in your minds as we need your help to keep the clinic open and to continue to keep is safe for all our patients.

Derniska at home after her surgery
Derniska at home after her surgery
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Fun in OT
Fun in OT

 

Hello STAND Family!

       We hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving (even if it was smaller and more technology based than usual)! Now that we are all coming out of our food comas, it is time to start thinking about the upcoming year. Thanks to all of your very generous support over the past few years, we have raised enough money to launch and successfully run our year-round clinic. Our next hurdle is keeping the clinic running during a pandemic. Our clinic is one of the few medical and rehabilitative practices open in Port de Paix currently. We are the only clinic that is doing home visits, making sure all the children and mothers in the vitamin program are receiving what they need, providing physical therapy services to adults, and continuing our community education about COVID and safety during the pandemic.  

         Although the clinic remains open, we are now more reliant upon you wonderful people to keep it going! Because of the pandemic, we have not been able to safely send volunteer groups to Haiti for nearly a year now. Historically, this has been one of our fund generators. And while we miss Haiti dearly, the last thing we want to do is bring more disease to an area already struggling to provide basic medical care for illnesses that we understand.

          That being said, STAND’s mission remains the same (with a few COVID specific tweaks!). We continue to keep our clinic doors open to the community of Port de Paix and provide excellent primary medical and rehabilitative care to those who need it. Nicholson (PT), who graduated last January and newly heads our adult physical therapy department, has a full schedule each day treating a myriad of issues. From post stroke rehabilitation to orthopedic conditions, Nicholson has been working hard to learn and grow his skills while serving the adult population in Port de Paix. Similarly, Marthe (OT) has been working alongside Autumn (OT and head of pediatrics) and the rest of the pediatrics staff to provide top level therapy for all of the children in the program.

           In addition, our clinicians are providing COVID specific education on how the disease spreads and how our patients can keep themselves and their families healthy during this challenging time. We are mandating that all adults who enter the building wear masks (we provide the masks if needed), we have added several hand washing stations in the clinic, and we have a cleaning crew that cleans all of the equipment several times daily.

            We know that this has been a hard year for everyone and we greatly appreciate you continuing to support STAND: The Haiti Project. Please think of us this coming Tuesday as GlobalGiving is generously offering to match up to a million dollars on Giving Tuesday! The percent each non- profit receives is based off of how much money they are able to raise specifically on Giving Tuesday. Any contribution big or small is greatly appreciated and will go a long way in helping us continue to provide care to our community in Port de Paix.

Thank you and have a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season!

Nicholson using needles to reduce pain
Nicholson using needles to reduce pain

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     We hope this newsletter finds you and your family healthy! It is hard to believe in this modern day and age that a disease has caused such devastation across the globe. Just like us, Haiti has been hit hard by COVID, but the impact is far more significant for Haiti. They do not have the infrastructure or resources to rebound from the huge impact this has had on the already fragile economy. Life was hard in Port de Paix before COVID, now it is even harder. The coming months are going to see continued illness, not only from COVID, but starvation and lack of access to clean drinking water as well. Due to the COVID global crisis, medical care in Haiti is at an all-time low. Several of the larger hospitals in the cities have had to shut down due to staff being sick, no access to medications and no funding. Smaller village and pop up clinics, supported by foreign nationals and missionaries, have had to close their doors as well due to travel restrictions. All in all, Haitians have very limited access to healthcare currently, and it does not look like this will improve in the coming months.

     That being said, the STAND clinic is working hard to keep the Port de Paix community healthy. We have expanded our waiting room to allow for social distancing, added a hand washing station, require masks of any adult who enters the building and hired a full-time cleaning crew to wash the treatment area several times per day. Through the hard work of the Haitian clinicians and Autumn Marshall, the pediatric clinic has grown during this time. There are 58 new kids enrolled in the STAND pediatric program and 100 new children enrolled in our new public vitamin program. We also initiated a prenatal vitamin program, that currently provides much needed vitamins to 15 moms. We continue to send children to Port au Prince for life saving surgeries, and our nurses are tirelessly performing home visits and educating families about how to stay safe during COVID. 

     Our adult rehab program is expanding as well. Nicholson is working hard to recruit patients as well as treat current patients. In addition, he continues to go out into the community to educate on stroke prevention, blood pressure management as well as signs and symptoms of a stroke.

     Thank you for all the support that you have shown to the STAND team so far. Your generosity has allowed us to make huge strides in bringing good medical and rehabilitative care year -round to Port de Paix as well as make the necessary improvements to our clinic to ensure the safety of our staff and patients during COVID. We need your help now more than ever. Outside of donations from wonderful humans like yourself, we rely heavily on funding the clinic through volunteer trips. This past year we have had to cancel three trips due to the economic crisis as well as COVID. Even though the trips have been canceled, we continue to pay all our staff (about 50 people) partial salaries. We do this because our staff rely on us for a consistent salary. This is more important now more than ever as prices for everything, especially basic needs such as food and water, have increased exponentially. Our Haitian clinicians are working hard to keep our community healthy and our clinic going strong. Let’s keep the momentum going!

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Home visit
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Custom Stander
Fine motor training
Fine motor training
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Custom standing table
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Blood Pressure Education
Blood Pressure Education

We hope this newsletter finds you healthy! These past few months have been a whirlwind of uncertainty, confusion, fear and adaptation both here in the States as well as in Haiti. Just like us, Haiti has been hit hard by COVID, but the impact is far more significant for Haiti. They do not have the infrastructure or resources to rebound from the huge impact this has had on the already fragile economy. Life was hard in Port de Paix before COVID, now it is even harder. Many believe that the worst is yet to come in Haiti. Over the coming months more people will become sick due to lack of ability to social distance and the need for work to put food on the table. In addition to significant increase in illness,  the price of food, water, and gas is going up exponentially. Despite these hardships, the Haitian spirit is indefatigable. Haitians are stepping up to help each other and their communities get through this tough time.

STAND is doing our part to help the Port de Paix community. Although our clinic remains closed due to COVID, our clinicians are still hard at work. Our nurses continue with virtual and socially distanced home visits to educate families about social distancing, hand hygiene and ways to stay healthy. They also continue to run our nutrition program and advocate for our kids in the hospital. Nicholson, our adult clinic physical therapist, is hard at work educating the community of Port de Paix on the importance of social distancing, hand hygiene, and destigmatizing the virus.

 In addition to all his hard work educating the community about COVID, Nicholson has also taken on the task of educating the community on stroke prevention, blood pressure management as well as signs and symptoms of a stroke. Outside of orthopedic related pain, functional mobility deficits due to strokes are the most common ailment the STAND team treats. If we can educate the community about lifestyle modification and blood pressure management, we can help reduce the number of people who have strokes in our Port de Paix community. Nicholson is making great headway with this. We are excited to see the impact this education has had on the community when it is safe for our clinic to re- open.

Thank you for all the support that you have shown to the STAND team so far. Your generosity has allowed us to make huge strides in bringing good medical and rehabilitative care year -round to Port de Paix. We need your help now more than ever. Outside of donations from wonderful humans like yourself, we rely heavily on funding the clinic through volunteer trips. This past year we have had to cancel two trips due to the economic crisis as well as COVID. Even though the trips have been canceled, we continue to pay all our staff (about 50 people) partial salaries. We do this because our staff rely on us for a consistent salary. This is more important now more than ever as prices for everything, especially basic needs such as food and water, have increased exponentially. Our Haitian clinicians are working hard to keep our community healthy and our clinic going strong. Let’s keep the momentum going!

Market Day (an important income source for many)
Market Day (an important income source for many)
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First Week Volunteers

         Thank you for your continued support of STAND: The Haiti Project. Since our last report, many exciting events have occurred! We recently signed a contract with the local hospital, allowing us to send patients to the hospital to receive care even if we are not there. Just as importantly, we successfully completed our winter trip AND our year-round clinic is officially open! Additionally, thanks to the Gomez family and Autumn, our clinic had a makeover with the addition of several large closets and cabinets. Our clinic is now clutter free and spacious and we have tons of storage for equipment and medicines.

            This past trip was amazing. The team treated about 1200 adult patients and 250 pediatric patients! We built about 40 pediatric adaptive standers, 1 adult adaptive stander, 80 pediatric adaptive chairs, adjusted 1 pediatric wheelchair and built several prosthetic legs. Additionally, we hosted 5 Haitian PT students and 2 American students. Whew! There are so many highlights from this past trip: a thank you cake from our Haitian team members for helping to support them during the recent crisis, patients coming back to visit just to thank us after STAND paid for their successful surgeries, babies in the malnutrition program who are now thriving, and of course salsa nights and rooftop dance parties. One of the most memorable highlights came from week one of the trip. A woman in her mid 60s came in with a cane and severe back pain. She had been unable to work and support her family because her back was so painful. Her therapy team incorporated manual therapy, stretching and exercises into her therapy session and resolved her back pain. She was so excited to be pain free that she went around the entire clinic hugging and kissing every clinician in the room. Needless to say, there were a few happy tears spilled by her therapy team J.

            Another highlight of the trip was the initiation of the adult portion of our year-round clinic! The clinic officially opened this past Monday, with Nicholson (PT) treating adult patients who were picked for continued care during our recent trip. Working alongside Nicholson (PT) and Marthe (our new pediatric OT) to fine tune their already impressive clinical skills was a wonderful and hopeful way to round out the trip. Nicholson will be working with the adult population and will focus on both orthopedic and stroke recovery and Marthe will be working with the pediatric population and will focus on all rehab needs. Both are very interested in community education and we are pumped to have them on board!

Patient Spotlight

          Meet Aristide! Aristide had a severe break in her leg two years ago after a brick from her kitchen fell on her during an earthquake. She was able to make it to a local hospital and have a surgery to place a piece of metal on the outside of her leg to fixate the bone. Unfortunately, the bone did not heal properly and become infected due to the length of time the metal was in her leg. When she first came to us two years ago she was febrile, in significant pain, and unable to walk. STAND paid for the piece of metal in her leg to be removed, her infection to be treated, and transportation to and from the hospital in Port au Prince. She has come back to our clinic on each trip since her surgery to update her exercise program and modify her wound care regimen. Aristide is now pain free, wound free, and infection free and is able to walk around without an assistive device! She is one of the first patients chosen to be seen in our year-round clinic and will work with Nicholson on strengthening her leg and improving her gait pattern.

Volunteer Highlight

         Meet Megan! Megan was the fabulous nurse practitioner on this past trip. In the United States she has had experience with both adults and children and has worked in the emergency department, family practice, and intensive care units. She saw about 700 patients over the two week span of our trip to Haiti! In addition, she also helped to mentor a local nurse and medical student and oversaw the hospitalization of 5 sick babies. Although being the lone NP on the trip was quite the challenge, Megan loved it. And that’s a quote!

 

Thank you again for your continued support of our clinic in Haiti. The care that patients receive would not be real without your help. Check out our Facebook and Instagram for some pictures from this most recent trip and updates from the clinic!

 

Kenbe fo’

(Hold strong)

Megan with Baby
Megan with Baby

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