Stories

A Most Challenging Mission-Part Two- Heartbreak in Shada

by Mary Ann LoFrumento MD It had been raining for days in Cap Haitien and the city and surrounding areas were suffering from serious flooding. The community of Shada, one of the worst slum areas of the city, was particularly hard hit. Many families who live in poorly built huts by the river lost all […]

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A Most Challenging Mission- Part One- The Rains Came

by Dr. Mary Ann LoFrumento This was my seventh Global Health trip to Haiti, and I felt very confident leading this team of fourteen doctors, nurses and volunteers. We had been planning for months and preparing for weeks. The plan was to arrive in Cap Haitien and then head west to the remote fishing region […]

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The Story of Jennie- The Challenge of Mental Illness in Haiti

  She walked into the busy clinic, a thin, quiet teenage girl who seemed frightened and reserved. Her name was Jennie and she had been brought to the clinic by her adoptive mother who heard that a Hands Up for Haiti team would be visiting the small clinic known as Shaddai in the area of […]

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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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