Provide Rehabilitative Care in Haiti During COVID

by STAND The Haiti Project
Provide Rehabilitative Care in Haiti During COVID
Provide Rehabilitative Care in Haiti During COVID
Provide Rehabilitative Care in Haiti During COVID
Provide Rehabilitative Care in Haiti During COVID
Provide Rehabilitative Care in Haiti During COVID
Provide Rehabilitative Care in Haiti During COVID
Provide Rehabilitative Care in Haiti During COVID
Provide Rehabilitative Care in Haiti During COVID
Provide Rehabilitative Care in Haiti During COVID
Provide Rehabilitative Care in Haiti During COVID
Provide Rehabilitative Care in Haiti During COVID
Provide Rehabilitative Care in Haiti During COVID
Provide Rehabilitative Care in Haiti During COVID
Provide Rehabilitative Care in Haiti During COVID
Provide Rehabilitative Care in Haiti During COVID
Provide Rehabilitative Care in Haiti During COVID
Nurses Handing Out Vitamins
Nurses Handing Out Vitamins

Happy Spring!

We hope this newsletter finds you happy, healthy and thawed out from a rather chilly winter! While we have all been hunkering down dealing with some crazy weather, our Haitian friends and colleagues have hit the ground running to try and keep our clinic open. Haiti continues to experience violence, economic instability, and food insecurity. Most schools have shut down due to gang violence and very few hospitals remain open. Those that are open, often times have to close due to staffing and supply chain problems due to both COVID and violence. Despite this, the STAND clinic remains open. The STAND clinic is currently the only clinic in the Port de Paix area that is consistently open and serving the public. That being said, there is a HUGE need for our services. Our clinics are running at full steam treating patients with all kinds of diagnoses from strokes and broken bones to malnutrition and sickle cell anemia. Our clinicians are hard at work educating the public about COVID safety, blood pressure we well as skin care and hygiene.

Our pediatric clinic has really been working hard as the economic crisis and violence is hitting the children the hardest. Autumn is back in Haiti and helping to improve community access to the pediatric program. Our pediatric clinic is now averaging about 30 visits per day in addition to about 10 homecare visits per day. Each month the pediatric clinic has about 40 new patients that often times need the full gamut of treatments including vitamins, adaptive equipment and medical care. 

Our pediatric team is also working overtime to help critically ill children receive the care they need. They often times coordinate with Haiti Air Ambulance and hospitals in other parts of Haiti to ensure the children receive appropriate care. Ciara is one of those children. She started coming to the clubfoot clinic and was found to be malnourished and extremely ill. The pediatric crew worked tirelessly to get her flown to Port au Prince to get the care she needed. After three months she is now healthy and back in Port de Paix receiving the care she needs for her club feet.

Our clinicians could not do what they do without your support. They have the knowledge and the passion, but that does not mean anything without a clinic to practice in! Your continued support is key to maintain the health of the Port de Paix community!

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Loving Therapy
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Smiles that will melt your heart
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We hope this update finds you happy and healthy during this holiday season! A lot has happened in the past few months both here in the states and in Haiti. Haiti continues to struggle with social, political and economic turmoil. Since the assassination of the president, the capital has been taken over by gangs, making it nearly impossible for goods to travel throughout the country. Because of this, infrastructure throughout the country is blocked, creating food and fuel shortages in more remote areas such as Port-de-Paix, where the STAND clinic is located. Most private hospitals and clinics have closed at this due to safety concerns and supply shortages, creating an even greater need for health care. On top of these difficulties, the southern part of Haiti sustained a 7.2 magnitude earthquake a few months ago, causing structural devastation and loss of life in an already traumatized country.

              Despite all this, the STAND clinic has remained open and continues to provide care to the community of Port-de-Paix. Following the recent earthquake, a good portion of STAND’s staff volunteered their time to travel south and help out after the hurricane. They brought many of the therapy and wound care supplies from the STAND clinic, as well as further medical and hygiene items in order to provide relief to those who were affected. In addition to providing therapeutic aide, they taught both clinicians and patients about hygiene, wound care, blood pressure management, and diabetes while there.

              After 10 days of volunteering their efforts in the south, Nicholson, Marthe and the rehab aides are now all safely back at the STAND clinic. Nicholson (Adult PT) is working hard to educate the community about COVID and blood pressure and diabetes management while he helps his patients get stronger, reduce their pain and improve their function. He has been treating many patients post stroke and is working on ideas for a group class. Marthe (Pediatric OT) is busy working with kids in the pediatric clinic to find and fit appropriate equipment, improve their mobility and teach families how to care for the kids. Our nurses are also very busy with the vitamin program, home visits and figuring out safe ways to get kids to the hospital if needed.

              Currently the STAND clinic is still running strong, but we need your help! We have not been able to send a volunteer group in 2 years due to COVID and the political environment in Haiti. Considering the current lack of government and gang situation, it is unlikely we will be able to send a volunteer group soon. These trips were our main source of revenue and without them we need YOUR help with fundraising. Our goal is to fundraise $50,000 this year to cover rent, supplies and staff salaries. Can you help us maintain our current level of service to this community? Your contributions have helped keep the STAND clinic active these past two years. Because we are one of the only clinics currently open in the northwest region of Haiti, it is more important than ever that we keep our doors open and continue to provide rehab services to the people of Port-de-Paix.

Cheers to a better 2022!

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Happy Summer! We hope this STAND summer update finds you well and enjoying these summer months. Unfortunately, our Haitian friends and colleagues cannot say that they are enjoying this summer. On July 7th the Haitian president, Jovenel Moise was assassinated by an international group of assassins. While he was not loved by all Haitians and had a habit of ignoring/ perpetuating the most pressing economic and political crisis in Haiti, his assassination has thrown Haiti into further turmoil. Not only is there no official leader running Haiti right now, the country is on lockdown until further notice. In addition, to an increase in political and economic strife, there has also been a huge surge in COVID cases in Haiti ( the person who was in line to take over if anything happened to Moise died of COVID two weeks before the assassination).

That being said, despite all that is happening in Haiti, the STAND clinic is going strong. We did close for several days after the assassination in effort to keep our staff and patients safe, but we are back open and taking on patients. Nickolson continues to work hard treating our adult patients with a variety of aches and pains as well as neurological impairments. Our pediatric crew is hard at work treating in the clinic, but also traveling for home visits. Our nurses have been very busy recently advocating for patients in the hospital, as well as handing out vitamins and deworming medications.

The STAND clinic continues to provide life changing rehabilitative and primary medical care for our patients, and, if we are not able to , we help the patients access the care that they need. Chimaison is a great example of this. Chimaison was born with leg deformities and was told he would never work. His joined our pediatric program 3 years ago and learned how to zoom around in a supportive walker. He LOVES to move! Our pediatric therapists advocated to have him evaluated by a surgical team so see if there was any chance that he may be able to walk again. The answer was YES! 8 Months ago he had his legs amputated below the knee and a few weeks ago he received his first pair of prosthetic legs made by the STAND clinic. He is now working with the STAND therapy team to learn how to walk so he can start zooming around on his own two legs.

Our clinic has also gone virtual! This past month STAND virtually taught lectures for the PT and OT students at FSLR ( these are the students who usually come to our clinic in Port de Paix for hands on learning clinical experiences). Even though it was virtual, it was a smashing success. The students loved it and for a (virtual) moment, the STAND volunteers got to relive a little bit of what we do in the clinic in Haiti. 

While our clinic is still going strong and our clinicians remain dedicated to the people of Port de Paix, we need your help! There is so much uncertainty in Haiti right now and there is no way of knowing when our next group of volunteers will be able to get to Haiti. Volunteers are our main revenue generator, and without them, we rely heavily on all you wonderful people to keep our clinic up and running. Mesi Ampil ( Thank you very much)!

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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.

Nickolson 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.

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STAND The Haiti Project

Location: Portland, OR - USA
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Morgan Denny
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