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Faculty Collaborations Ongoing in Haiti, but Recent Events Adding to Health Inequities

MCW Office of Global Health projects in HaitiOn Saturday, Aug. 14, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake occurred in Haiti, and on Monday, Aug. 16, Tropical Storm Grace arrived with gusty winds and flooding rainfall across the Island. The country already is managing its own COVID-19 transmission and the unexpected loss of its president, and MCW faculty with global health collaborators in Haiti have expressed their concern for the impact these events will have on the wellness of Haitian communities.

Prior to these events, faculty, alumni, and residents across four disciplines have been collaborating with Haitian colleagues to address health inequities:

St. Boniface Hospital, La Centre d’ Information et de Formation en Administration de la Santé
Dr. Chris Dodgion, associate professor of Surgery, and Dr. Alexis Bowder, general surgery resident

Research project to evaluate the burden and geographic distribution of surgical disease treated at St. Boniface Hospital in Fond-des-Blancs. Supports the dissemination of Haitian-led research throughout global platforms.

Hôpital Lumière
Dr. Shayne Fehr, associate professor of orthopaedic surgery

Provided support to outreach clinics run by this large mission hospital for school children in Bonne Fin.

The Bethanie Orphanage
Dr. Jasmine Dowell, assistant professor of pediatrics (critical care)

Annual clinical efforts with orphanages and local hospitals in Les Cayes, Duchitie, and Savanne.

Hôpital Sacré Cœur
Dr. Geoff Wilkes, assistant professor of ophthalmology

Provided ophthalmology services including cataract and glaucoma surgery with The CRUDEM Foundation in Milot.

Friends for Health in Haiti
Dr. Catherine Wolf, alumna and adjunct professor of medicine

Provides medical out-patient services and public health outreach around nutrition and sanitation. This is also a MCW medical student global health elective location focused on primary care services at their rural low-resource primary care clinic in Jérémie.

If you are interested in learning how you can assist MCW faculty collaborator’s relief efforts in Haiti, contact Tifany Frazer, manager of the Office of Global Health, tfrazer@mcw.edu.