Stories about: Project Medishare

Children’s doctors and nurses continue relief efforts in Haiti

It’s been almost a year since an earthquake ravaged the island of Haiti, leaving 300,000 dead and over a million people homeless. Since the disaster, clinicians from Children’s Hospital Boston have been traveling to the country to provide care. Recently, a team of nurses and physicians returned from Port au Prince, where they spent a week helping with relief efforts. Conditions were extremely difficult: on top of a rapidly spreading outbreak of cholera, hurricane Tomas hit the island a few hours before they arrived, increasing the workload of the Haitian medical staff, already working around the clock to provide care for the Haitian people. Patrica Lincoln, BSN, one of the Children’s staff members on the trip, shares her experiences.

Katie Wallace, FNP, with a patient in Haiti

On a dark morning in early November, four doctors and eight nurses from Children’s Hospital Boston left for Haiti to assist the healthcare workers at Hospital Bernard Mevs, in Port-au-Prince, as part of a continuing relief effort coordinated by Project Medishare.

All of us had traveled to Haiti before, some even had family on the island, but we all came back for the same reason: to work alongside and help the Haitian people who have displayed a remarkable inner strength and sense of faith since the devastating earthquake hit the country almost a year ago.

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This week on Thrive: April 10 – April 16

Missed a Thrive post? Here’s what we’ve been up to this week:

Thrive continues its coverage of Children’s Hospital Boston and Project Medishare staffers who worked in Haiti as part of the ongoing relief effort. In the past 5 days we heard from Grace Chan, MD, Maggie Pierre, RN, Sarah Wingerter, MD, Nancy Joseph, RN, BSN, MSN, FNP-C; staff nurse in CHPCC

Children’s media expert Michael Rich, MD, MPH discusses a recent study that links excessive TV use by toddlers to poorer school performance in later years

Did you hear? This week Children’s launched a brand new website focusing on its Stem Cell Research program and how stem cell research has already impacted the lives of sick children. Thrive featured a first-person account by a family recalling the challenges they faced in trying to help their son.

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Children’s and Project Medishare in Haiti

Arriving at the airport in Port-au-Prince

From April 10 to 18, Children’s Hospital Boston sent its largest group so far to Haiti for relief efforts. A 26-member multidisciplinary team traveled to a field hospital on the Port-au-Prince airport tarmac, staffed by Project Medishare/University of Miami Hospital.

Over the next week, Thrive will feature writings and photos from many of the team members as they reflect on the struggles to provide care with limited resources. This first post is written by Sarita Chung, MD, Division of Emergency Medicine.

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