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Hands Up for Haiti Opens “Our Door” for Pastor Wiljean and His Family

Almost every Hands Up for Haiti volunteer who has traveled to northern Haiti has been welcomed at Open Door in Bois de Lance. In fact, this clinic was the site of the very first medical mission in 2010 when the founding team went to Haiti after the devastating earthquake. They were welcomed at that time […]

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CHERISH THE SMALL VICTORIES – A Baby and a Grandmother Return

By Dr. Jill Ratner It was our last day of clinic at Open Door in Bois de Lance, a rural farming community where Hands up for Haiti has supported a medical clinic for the past three years. I was called into the examining room where one of our pediatric nurse practioners, Lauren Blum, was seeing […]

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TIME TO REFLECT- Interview with Obstetrician and Gynecologist Dr. Michael Shaw

By Dr. Jill Ratner Four months after Dr. Michael Shaw returned from his first trip to Haiti and his first experience delivering health care in a resource limited country, we sat down to talk. Even though Dr. Shaw is a seasoned Obstetrician/Gynecologist and has done extensive volunteer work with Planned Parenthood, he admitted that nothing […]

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My Third Trip to Haiti

By Erica Bromberg I recently returned from my third trip to Haiti. This time, I went on a pediatric mission. There were 14 people on the trip and the group consisted of students, pediatricians, nurse practitioners, nurses, nutritionists, social workers, and a professional photographer. As with my previous two trips, this mission was nothing short […]

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Wells in Haiti

By Jill Ratner Every team that has gone to Haiti has witnessed that so much of the disease that we treat would be prevented by basic services that are so available in the developed world that we take them for granted.  Availability of clean water is just something that people in Haiti, like most of […]

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A MOTHER AND BABY IN SHADA (FOLLOW UP)

By Mary Ann LoFrumento MD We all wish for happy endings in our stories and in our lives. But life in a slum like Shada is as far from a fairy tale as possible. Returning to our clinic in the midst of Cap Haitien’s worst slum, I found myself feeling cautiously optimistic. I was immediately […]

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A mother and baby at Shada Clinic

By Mary Ann LoFrumento This was not my first time in Shada. For the past three years, I visited every six months. This trip, we came to hold classes on breastfeeding, childbirth and nutrition. We hadn’t planned to see patients until the next day. The Clinic de Communitaire de Shada, supported by donations from Hands Up […]

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Taking on the challenge of sexual assault – A special mission for Hands Up For Haiti

By Katie Lynn RN. With contributions by Barbara Rome RN, Andrea Feddes, RN, and Kristen Ward RN, editorial assistance by Mary Ann LoFrumento MD. My name is Katie Lynn and I’m an ICU nurse in Mount Kisco, NY. Working in a resource limited country was something I had wanted to do from the time I […]

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Many Happy Returns- Judy McAvoy RN reflects on her recent mission to Haiti

I have just returned from my 7th trip to Northern Haiti in the last 3 ½ years and it was, once again, an amazing experience. My name is Judy McAvoy and I am a registered nurse and certified lactation consultant and childbirth educator.  I am also one of the original members of Hands Up For […]

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Ophthalmology & Urology June 2013: Daughter’s Perspective

By Erica Bromberg I returned from my second mission to Haiti this past weekend and it was just as good as the first trip, if not better. This trip was very different for a few reasons. First, there were twelve of us, making the group a lot larger than the December mission. We also had […]

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