Building Healthy Communities
Quarterly Newsletter
Spring 2017

Welcome to Project Medishare's new quarterly newsletter! We're excited to share with you  first quarter updates on our program activities and achievements in Port-au-Prince, the Central Plateau, and hurricane-affected regions in the South and Grand'Anse.

Thank you for helping us build healthy communities in Haiti!
Honor Mom's in Haiti 
Honor Haitian moms this Mother's Day with a gift to Project Medishare. With your support, we can ensure moms in rural Haiti have access to life-saving care before, during and after pregnancy.
2016 Year in Review
Thanks to your generosity and support, last year Project Medishare delivered healthcare to thousands of Haitian families in Port-au-Prince and the Central Plateau. We also helped families in the South and Grand'Anse in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

Read our 2016 Year in Review to see what we accomplished together.  Read More
Mobile Clinic Volunteers Needed in Haiti 
It's been more than six months since Hurricane Matthew devastated Haiti's southern peninsula. In the immediate aftermath of the storm, our staff and volunteers helped deliver healthcare to more than 4,000 patients at a field clinic in Jeremie. Now, we're supporting families as they rebuild their lives and communities, and we need your help.
We are seeking licensed doctors, nurses and pharmacists to help us deliver healthcare to families in eight rural communities near Les Cayes in the South of Haiti. These communities were severely affected by the hurricane - most families lost their home, crops and livestock.

As a mobile clinic volunteer, you will work alongside local healthcare professionals and other volunteers to provide basic health screenings to 800 families. Dates available are: May 29 - June 3, June 12- 17, July 10 - 15, and July 24 - 29. More Details
Reducing Malnutrition in Haiti's Central Plateau
As part of the Clinton Foundation's Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), Project Medishare committed to improving our capacity to treat cases of moderate malnutrition, thereby reducing the need to refer children to a different facility for outpatient treatment. One of the first patients to benefit from this renewed initiative is 11-month-old Marvens.
Marvens was left in the care of his grandmother after his father passed away. His mother abandoned him after giving birth. The small savings Marvens' grandmother had was used to pay for her son's funeral. This left baby Marvens with very little to eat, and he quickly became malnourished.
Marvens has made great progress in the one month he's been treated with Medika Mamba, a locally produced, peanut butter-based dietary supplement that we receive through our partnership with Meds and Food for Kids. Not only is he steadily gaining weight, but he's also getting back on track developmentally. For example, at 10 months old, Marvens was unable to sit up properly. Now, he sits unassisted, grabs and holds objects, and tries to stand up. Day by day, Marvens is well on his way to growing healthy and strong. 
Activities & Achievements
6,943 children ages 6 to 59 months received nutritional evaluations
58 children enrolled in our malnutrition treatment program

Making Pregnancy Safer for Moms
Shaladol is a 29-year-old mother of two from Lahoye, Haiti. After years of family planning, she decided it was time to expand her family. She delivered a healthy baby boy at the Marmont maternity center in March.

The conditions surrounding the birth of Shaladol’s son were very different than when she gave birth to her daughter 14 years ago. Then, she gave birth at home with the aid of a matron, a traditional birth attendant. There was neither a maternity center in Marmont nor a health facility near her home in Lahoye where she could receive basic prenatal care. Now, Shaladol not only received prenatal care at our clinic in Lahoye, when she went into labor around 1:00 am, we provided emergency transportation to our maternity center.

Soon, with the opening of a second maternity center in Lahoye, women like Shaladol will be able to safely give birth closer to home. 
Activities & Achievements
135 deliveries in our facilities with no  maternal or stillborn deaths
2,500+ women received prenatal care

Children's Hospital of LA Surgery Team at HBM
Doctors and nurses from Children's Hospital of Los Angeles spent a week at Hospital Bernard Mevs in Port-au-Prince performing life-changing surgeries for several children. 

One of those patients was 17-year-old Alexandra. Last November, a team including Project Medishare Board Member and CHLA Chief of Surgery Dr. Henri Ford and his colleague Dr. Jeffrey Hammoudeh, an oral/maxillofacial and plastic surgeon at CHLA, removed a large tumor from her face. Known as myxoma, the aggressive, non-cancerous tumor started in Alexandra's jaw. As it grew towards her eye, it consumed her face, leaving her unable to eat, drink or enjoy activities outside of her home. 

The removal of the tumor and reconstructive surgery that followed drastically transformed Alexandra's face -- and her life. She's now eating, drinking and smiling, and feels more hopeful about her future. 

She returned to HBM last month for additional plastic surgery.  Read More
Activities & Achievements
202 volunteers at Hospital Bernard Mevs
72 medical student and faculty volunteers in the Central Plateau

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