In just under two weeks, Espwa will send a team of medical professionals to the Cap Haitien, Haiti area for a 10 day medical mission. We’re excited to have multiple providers, nurses, and an occupational/physical therapist on this trip as we meet up with our in-country medical director, Dr. Eugene Maklin. These types of missions are our primary “relief” work, whereas many of our other projects focus on rehabilitation and development.
The team will see hundreds of patients per day and throughout the trip will serve at both the Blue Hills and St. Anthony clinics. Dr. Maklin has also arranged for information-sharing tours of the Hospital Judstidian (main public hospital in Cap Haitien), as well as his own budding hospital in the Plaine-du-Norde region, still under construction.
While the medical team sees patients, a smaller non-medical team will visit other Espwa project sites, such as Jovenel’s Farm and Haitian Creole Tour, and meet with local network partners. Over the weekend, both teams will hopefully be able to meet with our Peace & Joy Families, as we continue to encourage and show them love. We also intend to use the services of Haitian Creole Tour for transportation and likely a trip to the beach on one of the days.
We’d appreciate your prayers as we lead up to and during the trip. If you’d like to make a donation towards trip expenses, one of our biggest needs is in the purchase of medications to take into country. The medications are prescribed to patients as needed and we are taking a lot this time due to the number of projected patients we’ll see. You can only imagine some of the heartbreaking conditions our Haitian friends cope with – due to the combination of tropical diseases, malnourishment, poor sanitation, and unclean drinking water in the region. Many people are faced with the choice between eating or seeing the doctor, and when put in that position, medical care takes the back seat. Every little bit helps!
Look for an update and pictures following the trip, and thanks for your interest!