Medical Teams International clinic in Canaan, Haiti
Wednesday Kyle and I were lucky enough to visit Medical Teams International’s permanent clinic in Canaan, Haiti. On Saturday August 13th there is a medical team coming from Frazer United Methodist Church in Montgomery, Alabama to serve the deaf community and the congregation at Eglise Solidarite Baptiste Church. MTI was kind enough to allow Kyle and I to visit their clinic in Canaan and observe how things are run in preparation for our upcoming clinic. It is located outside of Port au Prince in the North East heading towards St. Marc on Route National 1; Canaan has become one of the largest displacement camps in Haiti.
Nick and Evangel who are both in the medical field and volunteer through MTI accompanied us. Evangel has been in Haiti for about eight months and has made a yearlong commitment to here; Nick has been in Haiti for five weeks serving with MTI including two weeks in the North during a Cholera outbreak. Packed in a van with 12 other people we made the 45 minute drive out to Canaan. When we arrived at the clinic there was a line of people-patiently sitting on benches, waiting to be seen.
Nick, Evangel and the nurses quickly began setting up; Evangel set up the pharmacy with a nurse, while Nick and Laurie-a visiting nurse for the week-took their places with their translators at a table. As people sign in to be seen another nurse walks around taking vital signs and triaging people as necessary. One at a time people sat with Nick and Laurie and explained their symptoms. Through the help of a Kreole translator Nick and Laurie saw all the patients in a matter of four hours; we saw patients with malaria, women who were pregnant, men with hernias, and even a perforated tympanic membrane-or a hole in his ear drum for the non medical students like myself. As the line of patients came to an end-before packing up and taking off-Nick ended his day with look after his translator making sure he was in good health.
I am so thankful for the opportunity to visit the clinic with MTI in preparation for our mobile medical clinic this up coming week. We were able to take a few notes and pass along our advice to the team before they arrive, I now feel better prepared for our first clinic. MTI is such a blessing to so many communities in Haiti; I am excited for the opportunity to work alongside them to serve in this great nation!
(Evangel’s Blog- http://wordslikeflares.blogspot.com/)