Highlights from Haiti: 19 Sept 2014

 

  • For those living and working in Haiti, here is a resource to save if you ever need an air ambulance or medical evacuation.
  • A report from India on degree to which poor sanitation contributes to malnutrition.
  • Rich in vitamins, potassium and calcium, Haiti is promoting the moringa tree to address the country’s chronic malnutrition.
  • Haiti receives treatment for up to 1M people for the mosquito-borne virus known as chikungunya that has impacted Haiti in the recent months.
  • Here is an extensive PDF guide to health care waste management for the community health care worker.

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kids in the ICU :)

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.~Mother Teresa

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Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.~Mother Teresa

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Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.~Mother Teresa

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If our people could only see all this, they would stop grumbling about their own misfortunes and offer thanks to God for blessings them with such abundance.~Mother Teresa

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And feed His lambs as He has fed each one of you, He loves them as much as He loves you~Mother Teresa

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The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it.~ Mother Teresa

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Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.~Mother Teresa

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We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.~Mother Teresa

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Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.~Mother Teresa

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We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.~Mother Teresa

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I will take any child, any time, night or day.  Just let me know and I will come for him~Mother Teresa

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Medika Mamba

Each week the kids in the outpatient and inpatient program are weighed

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Measurements are taken for height

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and the upper arm is measured in cm

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Besides physically looking at the child, we use weight, height and arm cm to determine which program the child will be in.  If they are severely malnourished and/or have kwashiorkor they are admitted into the medika mamba program.  If they are have moderate or mild malnutrition they are admitted into the mamba Djanm program.

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The medika mamba  (red sack) is dosed by weight some kids need to eat 1 sack per day while other might have 4 sacks.  The mamba Djanm (orange sack) is 1 pack per day for any weight.

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Each night a volunteer here at RHFH has a list of all the inpatient children.  The list has their name, the type of mamba and amount needed for the next day.

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We start off by getting the empty containers washed and ready to be filled.

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Nest we go through the list and fill each bowl with the number of bags needed for the child.

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This is what the medika mamba looks like….

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and this is what the Mamba Djanm looks like.

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The bowls are covered with the lids and the childs name is written on the outside of the container.

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The next day each child begins eating their mamba at 6am, then they are feed 6 to 8 times during the day.

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Those that are severely malnourished often times do not want to eat, if we cannot get them to eat by mouth we inset an NG tube and give the mamba through the NG tube.  We add water to the mix to make it thin enough to go through the tube.  Once the child begins to eat then we remove the tube.

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Each child is different but on average they are on the mamba programs for 6 to 8 weeks.

 

 

 

 

 

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Highlights from Haiti: 12 Sept 2014

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Highlights from Haiti 5/9/2014

  • GVADK has long had a commitment to planting trees. Here is a short youtube video regarding the importance of planting trees in Haiti.
  • Technology is impacting developing nations. They are using 3D printers in Haiti to make umbilical cord clamps. Phenomenal.
  • Creative solutions in Malawi. Last year they decided to sell their version of Air Force 1 and use $15M of the proceeds to feed those in the country suffering from food shortages due to drought.
  • An Op-Ed in the NYT advocates a shift from French to Creole in Haitian schools could better equip students for the future.
  • A helpful resource, providing the name, address, phone numbers and key staff at several hospitals throughout Haiti.

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Highlights from Haiti 29/8/2014

  • The Haitian government successfully negotiated a $2 increase in the fee each Caribbean Cruise passenger pays to visit Labadie, Haiti. Labadie is a secluded beach resort on the north coast of Haiti. Starting March 2015, the fee/ passenger will rise from $10 to $12 per passenger. The increased revenue will be used to fund projects in the local community.
  • There is a project that is trying to boost the yield of cocoa in Haiti, as many chocolate connoisseurs and companies believe Haiti produces some of the best cocoa in the world. 
  • The US State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report for Haiti, published in 2013. It estimates that in 2013 80% of the population identified as Catholic, 16% as protestants. More detailed breakdowns can be found in the link.
  • A DIY Solar powered USB charger for your devices, made out of an altoid tin.
  • Here is information from the US Embassy regarding who must get a Permis de Séjour and the steps required to obtain one. This is required for those living in Haiti for an extended period of time. 
  • The current US Ambassador to Haiti is Ambassador Pamela White. She was appointed in July of 2012. Please pray for her, that God would be merciful in granting her protection, good health, wisdom and strength.

We plan to periodically post links to keep you aware of what is happening in Haiti.

Any links to external Web sites provided by RHFH’s web pages are provided as a courtesy. They should not be construed as an endorsement by RHFH of the content or views of the linked materials.

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