The 2016 EMAS Haiti Healthcare Team spent two weeks in Haiti from February 9th to 23rd. This creative and enthusiastic team consisted of an infectious diseases specialist, a nursing professor, a family practice resident, two fourth year medical students, two fourth year nursing students and a grade 12 high school student. The healthcare professions students on the team from the University of Ottawa, the University of Manitoba, and Université Saint Boniface all participated as part of academic electives.
The team carried about 1000 pounds of health care supplies and pharmaceutical products in Humanitarian Medical Kits sourced from Health Partners International of Canada (www.hpicanada.ca). The team extends a huge THANK YOU to Air Canada, who waived excess luggage fees.
The team worked alongside Haitian health care providers in primary care teaching clinics. They worked in three under served, urban locations, seeing 950 patients in nine days of clinics. They dispensed over 1400 prescriptions.
This year’s team had the pleasure of witnessing the inaugural ceremony celebrating completion of the fourth major construction project in this community since the January 2010 earthquake. It is a large multifunctional building that can accommodate up to 500 people, primarily serving as a community gathering space on weekdays and a worship space on Sundays. The building is also designed to be earthquake and hurricane resistant and may serve as a shelter during times of disaster response.
Please note: The February 2017 team is looking for a French speaking final year dental student and pharmacy student in addition to medical and nursing students. If you are interested in applying to be part of an EMAS Haiti Team, please contact Krista Waring, Team Leader for this mission, at firstname.lastname@example.org .