New Wound Care Clinic Opening
Project Medishare Hospital Bernard Mevs unveiled a new wound care clinic during a ribbon cutting ceremony on January 17, 2017 in Port-au-Prince. The opening of the clinic – the first of its kind not only in Haiti, but the entire Caribbean – marked an important milestone in the country’s healthcare sector.
Dr. John Macdonald, a professor of dermatology and cutaneous surgery at the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami, and an international expert in wound care and lymphedema, established the wound care program as a result of the 2010 earthquake. Days after the earthquake, he and others were on the ground in Haiti treating victims in a tent hospital. In September 2011, the program permanently moved to HBM where Dr. Macdonald assembled and trained an all-Haitian staff of nurses, technicians and physicians to treat patients. The holistic program includes treatment in areas such as infectious wounds, general podiatry, amputations and dermatology.
The wound care program has seen a steady growth in patients, with about 80 per day. The new clinic, located in an outpatient facility across the street from the main hospital, will allow the staff to see even more patients and improve the patient experience. Dr. Adler Francius, director of the clinic and a surgeon who specializes in wound care and burn treatment, estimates that 20 percent of the Haitian population suffers from chronic wounds. Treatment is usually complex and very costly, preventing poor people from accessing the care they desperately need.
When he started the program, Dr. Macdonald’s goal was to fill a void in Haiti’s healthcare sector by developing well-trained, local wound care specialists that could treat patients’ needs at an affordable cost. As evident at the ribbon cutting ceremony, he successfully achieved that goal.