Toddler treated just in time

A two-year-old child arrived at a hospital in Honduras in respiratory distress. Fortunately, the hospital had just received bronchodilator medication from Health Partners International of Canada.

The donation, contained in three Physician Travel Packs, arrived “just in time to save this young one from severe respiratory compromise,” according to Lynn Van Halteren, a nurse from Ontario who carried the PTPs to Roatan, Honduras.

These PTPs provided enough medicine to treat up to 1,800 patients at a medical clinic and public hospital. Every week over 250 people are treated free of charge at these facilities. However, patients sometimes don’t get the treatment they require because they cannot afford to buy it or it is not even available in their country.

Thanks to HPIC and Lynn’s team, hundreds of patients suffering from conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, infections, malnutrition and pain, received care and treatment. “Thank you from the bottom of my heart,” she wrote in a project report.