|The news from Haiti brings sadness to my heart as the country is faced with yet another disaster. I have been in touch with our friends there and many are shocked by the recent kidnapping. My heart goes out to the victims and their families. Haitians now suffer the additional insult of being in lockdown as diesel fuel has been stolen from the ports by the gangs. Few can afford the fuel costs to get to work.
The hospital in which we work, Hopital Bernard Mevs (HBM) has not and will not be a target of these gangs. It is where they will go if injured and they know this. The hospital continues to struggle with funding as the government is not living up to its contract with HBM. Diesel fuel has now become scarce and is the source of power for the hospital. The costs of fuel have doubled and this threatens the hospital’s ability to keep the ventilators running in the ICU. NAVMC has sent funds to the hospital and we are planning to send more this coming week. Haiti will need to work on the longer term fix and we will help in the short term to keep patients alive. They desperately need our support now.
The children at Renmen orphanage are currently safe and have not been targeted. They continue to go to school despite the violence and COVID that surrounds them. We have been able to get the older children vaccinated and that is a blessing. We will continue to cover the costs of their food and education. This is the least we can do. If our finances allow and our fundraising efforts are successful, we can also help improve their diets which consist largely of rice and beans.
I have been asked time and again “Why Haiti, can we really make a difference?” The answer I believe is a profound “Yes” as I see photos of nurses we have educated, caring for earthquake and COVID victims.
I struggle to find an answer to this question myself at times. Mitch Albom has put this in words more eloquently than I could in his recent article in the Detroit Free Press. It brought tears to my eyes. Link below
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Dr. John “Bull” Durham | President, Northern Arizona Voluntary Medical Corps