Medical Care 
 
AFDC has always been involved in medical care since we started going in 1998.
 
Our mission work started with working at the clinic in Creve every trip.  We would open clinic and see about 50-100/day. 
 
There were a few years we were blessed to have a surgeon or two, but most of our clinics were set up for acute care; nothing emergent.  However….that wasn’t explained to the people in the community who are so desperate for medical care.
 
The very first patient we saw in 1998….died!  He came to the clinic dying.  He has been sick for 2-3 weeks but had no money for medical care.  When the family heard we would be bringing a doctor they waited for our arrival.  He had a ruptured appendix.  He had a very high fever and bloated abdomen.  We did happen to have a surgeon with us but no IV antibiotics, no strong pain medications…again we were only equipped to do acute care…not trauma.
 
The surgeon was very upset, but had to tell the family that even if they could perform the surgery he would still die.   They were given two options…to attempt to go to the city for better medical care (attempting the washed out roads for 13 hours) or going home and letting him with family around him.  They chose to take him to the city.  He died on the way there.  Being our first trip it was very emotional for all of us; doctors and nurses.   Later finding that EVERY trip would be emotional.  Every year we saw many different diseases, wounds, and illnesses.
 
Many of which we could only treat with comfort measures.
 
HOSPITAL CARE:
 
AFDC continues even after all those years to face some difficult decisions as a team when it comes to patients that need surgery due to trauma and/or disease.
 
Placing a price on a life is not something we like to think of, but when funding is not available this is often how we feel we have to deal with the issues at hand. 
 
Medical care in Haiti does not cost very much at all compared to the states.  The doctors are paid by the government; therefore there are no doctors fees; the “room” is a shared room therefore the cost is cheaper for that.  They have to have a family member provide them food; so no meal expenses. They are charged mostly for the medications; labs/test; use of equipment.  We have paid for some difficult surgeries that have only cost AFDC $100.00-$300.00.  A doctors routine exam is about $3.00 – $5.00.  This is nothing for us but for them it’s a lot of money.  Most people in Haiti that have an income, earn about $2.00/month.   
 
Needless to say…this is an area that is VERY IMPORTANT when it comes to needing support! 
 
We have a partnership with the Haiti Baptist Mission Hospital (now operating by HaitiOne.org)  We have been in their facility and have met some of the staff so we now have put faces to emails.  They are so good about staying in touch with us for patient updates.  Since 2007 we have sent 15 patients there for treatment of illness or surgery. 
 
We also have a business that we purchase most of our medications with there in Haiti.  Medications are also cheaper there and easier than trying to get medications through customs at the airport.
 
Please consider making a donation for our medical needs.  We are hoping to set up a small acute care room in our “Harvest House” to be able to provide care to our guests/team members should they become sick or injured.  We would also like to provide a respite bed while transporting to the hospital or post care needed after their hospital stay. 
 

 

People of Haiti

     

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Beauty of Haiti