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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
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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
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Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti
Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti
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Provide Physical Therapy to Port-de-Paix, Haiti
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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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         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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     Thank you for your continued support of our rehabilitation clinic in Port de Paix, Haiti! As you may have heard, Haiti is currently in a fragile state. Years of economic hardship and poverty, combined with a mistrust in the government and the recent gas crisis, have created a situation that Haiti is having difficulty overcoming. Protests and road blocks have led to businesses and schools closing and have left millions out of work and with limited access to food and clean drinking water. Gas is about $30 US per gallon, making transportation of people and supplies difficult. In addition to all of this, hospitals are running out of supplies and are having to turn away patients. 

     Unfortunately, STAND had to make the tough decision to cancel our fall volunteer trip. The severe shortage of gas meant that busses were not running from Port au Prince to Port de Paix, leaving us with no way to get to our clinic. Lack of gasoline also leads to food and clean drinking water shortages. We felt that bringing extra people to an area already starved for supplies would only deplete the supplies further and create increased scarcity for those in Port de Paix. We remain in constant contact with our interpreters, friends and logistics coordinators on the ground in Haiti. Despite the current environment, the STAND pediatric clinic is still up and running and sees patients on a daily basis. Our nurses still make home visits, children are treated by our rehab team, and the nutrition clinic is running full speed ahead. 

     Now, more than ever, it is important that STAND remains a strong presence in the Port de Paix community. We are committed to opening the adult portion of the STAND clinic in early 2020 and have already hired 1 full-time physical therapist and 1 full-time occupational therapist to begin to meet the needs of the community. Both will be recent graduates of the first class from the new Haitian PT and OT school. We are very excited to have them join our team and look forward to a bright future!

     Meet Ramona. Ramona is an OT who will be graduating in a few weeks in the first class of Haitian OTs! She is very excited to be working at the STAND clinic. 

                                                         

     Meet Nicholson. Nicholson is a PT who will be graduating in a few weeks from the first class of Haitian PTs. He is very excited to be working in the STAND clinic. 

                                                             

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STAND The Haiti Project

Location: Portland, OR - USA
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