… order lab tests, take x-rays, do minor surgeries and prescribe medicines.
Tomorrow they will see a similar number, and the next day and the next day.
According to Ron Elliott, Canadian pharmacist and regular carrier of HPIC’s Physician Travel Pack to Haiti, practicing pharmacy was never like this in Canada.
“Depending on donated medicine, the little pharmacy assembles prescriptions into small plastic bags with hand-printed simple instructions. Without contributions of medicines, treatment would be difficult if not impossible.”
Haiti is considered to the poorest country in the western hemisphere. In the community where Bethesda is situated, there is no running water, no sewage system, no garbage removal, intermittent supply of electricity, limited education opportunities and grinding poverty. Even if medicine were readily available, the people could not afford it.
The clinic, with such a high volume of patients, is always in need of painkillers, antibiotics, deworming medicine, anti-hypertensives and children’s vitamin supplements. Prenatal vitamins are essential for moms-to-be and given the poverty and poor nutrition, critical to healthy pregnancy outcomes.
“Planning now for my sixth trip to Haiti, I am excited by the increasing role that Health Partners International of Canada is taking with developing countries,” he continues. “I am even more thrilled by the decision of so many companies to support HPIC in its quest to assist medical missions around the world.”