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IMR will be returning to the Destra region of Leogane at the end of September.  This marks the first follow-up visit after we initially engaged the area in January, 2019, and we are poised to further the relationships we have forged over this time.  IMR has collaborated with GOALS Haiti since the outset and they’ve facilitated community outreach as well as provided storage for our medications.

We will be continuing our mission to provide training to local practitioners with two days of classroom training, followed by two days of bedside correlation during clinic.  During our last trip, we met Jessumene Jean Paul, a former nursing student and resident of Destra, who showed extraordinary dedication to the people of Destra.  After attending our seminar, she was actively engaged throughout our clinic using the skills that she had learned earlier in the week along with initial training she received during nursing school before she had to discontinue due to financial constraints. Her devotion to the craft of healthcare provision as well as to her childhood home made her an excellent addition to the IMR family as a collaborator.  Since then, IMR has funded her re-entry into nursing school to continue honing her clinical skills. She has also been assisting IMR by conducting home visits to follow-up with patients in the community that had been identified as higher risk during our first clinic.  

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In the meantime, IMR has formed another multi-disciplinary care team from Brooklyn, comprised of several branches of medicine, including Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Psychiatry.   Like last visit, we will have a mix of nurses and physicians with expertise in both adult and pediatric care, along with practitioners who have professional experience in EMS/pre-hospital care and global health.  This trip will make the return to Haiti for some on the trip, while being the first for most; that being said, everyone is excited.  

In addition, IMR will be forging new alliances with local healthcare providers while in-country.  In addition to our relationship with St Boniface in Fond-des-Blancs, we will be inviting the staff of the Raisin Foundation Health Center in Leogane to teach with us and join in our clinic.  This may lay the ground work for an expanding collaboration in the near future.

Our trip will be September 23-28.  We are all looking forward to it. 

By: Josh Schiller, MD, Medical Director

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