Project Medishare | More people in Haiti have access to healthcare this holiday season thanks to Project Medishare supporters
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More people in Haiti have access to healthcare this holiday season thanks to Project Medishare supporters

  |   Cholera Response, Community Health & Development, Medical Training & Education, Plastic Surgery

By Jennifer Browning

You may have remembered reading on the Project Medishare Blog about how 9-month old Julisa was toddling across her house and stumbled into a pot of boiling water causing serious burns on her right arm and left hand.

As her burns healed through the years, her right arm became contracted preventing her from being able to fully extend or bend her arm. This made it difficult for Julisa, who turned 12 this year, to perform simple tasks like feeding herself or washing her clothes.

Project Medishare nurse Rosemerline Pierre-Louise providing a home visit for Julisa in June to see how her arm was healing after surgery. Local staff through Project Medishare’s Community Health Program are seeing that those who have surgery at our hospital in Port-au-Prince have follow-up appointments.Photo by Jennifer Browning.

In May Rosemerlin Pierre-Louise, a community health nurse, arranged for Julisa to travel from her home in the Central Plateau to see plastic surgeons volunteering at our trauma and critical care hospital in Port-au-Prince through Project Medishare’s Specialty Surgery Program.

Today Julisa has almost full mobility in her right arm, and Project Medishare was able to help her because of the ongoing efforts and contributions from our supporters and volunteers.

“Before I couldn’t wash myself or feed myself because I couldn’t bend my arm and my left hand was deformed,” Julisa said. “I am happy that the doctors could help me.”

Ersile, Julisa’s mother, used to worry about her daughter’s future, but today she has peace of mind.

“I am happy because I see the improvement for her arm,”Ersile said. “I feel better knowing that if something should happen to me, that Julisa will be able to take care of herself when she gets older. That makes me happy most of all.”

Through complementary services provided by Project Medishare’s programs in both Port-au-Prince and the Central Plateau, today Julisa is able to perform basic tasks that her injuries denied her for over a decade.

Earlier this month, Haiti’s Ministry of Health reported that the cholera epidemic has taken over 2200 lives and infected 97,595 since the outbreak surfaced in the central Artibonite River valley in mid-October.

Project Medishare’s local doctors, nurses and health agents continue to battle this deadly disease in the Central Plateau through our community health program and at a Cholera Treatment Center in Mirebalais, which is managed jointly by Project Medishare and Partners in Health.

In addition to the Mirebalais center, Project Medishare is assisting in the cholera effort in the Upper Plateau city of Hinche by providing materials, supplies and technical assistance. The average hospitalization cost for an average patient is around $250. That is about one percent of what it costs here in the U.S. 

During this holiday season, please remember Project Medishare and the people of Haiti. Then please click here to give the most generous tax-deductible contribution you can to help us continue our life-saving work. Your support is critically needed in order for Project Medishare to not only continue providing healthcare, but also continue working to improve the healthcare infrastructure in Haiti.