It is our first full day in Haiti. As a global health fellow with UCSF I have traveled here with global health fellows across the country to be introduced to Partners in Health (PIH) and to Haiti. We were brought to a crude wooden shelter.
Dr. Michelle Morse, MD MPH has recently been receiving notoriety amongst the global health community for her exemplary efforts in Haiti. She is the co-founder of Physicians for Haiti, an NGO that aims to improve the quality of medical education for the next generation of Haitian health professionals. Dr. Morse is also an active contributor to the Core’s partner-NGO, Partners in Health, where she serves as the deputy medical director for Haiti. Dr. Michelle Morse also devotes her time at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Harvard. The Global Health Core is proud to see Dr. Morse’s work being brought to the fore-front by the following article from Partners in Health: (more…)
Our goal is to create a beloved community and
this will require a qualitative change in our souls
as well as a quantitative change in our lives.
~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
We see difficult things here. This is true. One of our patients is a prisoner who was brought to our hospital yesterday. The guard who brought him in shackles him to the metal part of the bed, and then disappears. We have no way to unshackle him. The prisoner is confused, with a very high fever. His right ankle is shackled to the bed, and his body rotates like a door around the hinge which is his ankle. In his confusion he rotates off the bed and face plants into the not so clean floor. We lift him up and the nursing staff attempts to change the sheets that are soiled. They are inevitably soiled far faster and more efficiently than any response this hospital can muster. (more…)