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Help Send McDoc to Haiti on a Medical Mission

Posted by mcdoc on February 6, 2010

I am preparing to make a medical mission to Haiti, and I could use your help. Please read on:

Healing Hands for Haiti is a not-for-profit, non-governmental institution with no religious or political affiliation, which fosters and respects diversity within its organization. For over 10 years, Healing Hands for Haiti has worked in cooperation with governments and local organizations for the benefit of the Haitian people.

Healing Hands For Haiti supports and encourages the Haitian people in providing quality physical rehabilitation services for themselves in a spirit of self-determination, independence and human dignity with a focus on empowering Haitians with disabilities.

Healing Hands For Haiti has created opportunities for rehabilitation professionals and other volunteers willing to freely donate time and resources to our activities in North America and Haiti. Healing Hands For Haiti is committed to conducting all of its affairs, both domestically and internationally, according to the highest moral and ethical standards. The Healing Hands for Haiti Blog documents their work going on in-country, now.

Healing Hands For Haiti is set up in 10 regional interdisciplinary rehabilitation teams across North America. To volunteer, one needs a valid passport, up-to-date travel vaccinations, and to submit an online application. One is also responsible for funding their portion of the mission costs.

I am preparing to make a 9-day medical mission in April with the Boston team, scheduled for April 5th – 13th, 2010. I will be attending my first meeting Wednesday evening, February 10, 2010. At which time a $200 mission deposit is due.

The individual cost-share for the 9-day mission is approximately $1500 (I expect a more exact figure to be given at the meeting on Wednesday). There are other expenses as well, please see below. Also, while it is true that I am a physician, I am still a resident and so don’t yet roll in dough; otherwise I would just absorb the cost myself.

Here is a run-down of my expenses thus far to prepare for this medical mission: $354.12.

$180.26 for Passport expenses:
Conversion of my passport card into a passport book, $75 + on an expedited basis, $60 (my conversion took 4 working days, your tax dollars at work) + with overnight return mail, $14.96 + express mail mail-in cost, $18.30 + passport photos, $12.

$61.35 for Prescriptions:
Malaria prophylaxis, chloroquine phosophate 500 mg tabs, 1 tab by mouth once weekly, starting 1 week prior to trip, then once weekly during trip, and then once weekly for 4 weeks upon return, for a total of 7 tabs = $20. As needed traveler’s diarrhea treatment, levofloxacin 500 mg tabs, (Levaquin®, no generic available, prescribed due to nation-wide shortage of ciprofloxacin), 1 tab by mouth daily, for 3 days, for a total of 3 tabs = $35. As needed symptomatic treatment for diarrhea, loperamide 2 mg caps, 2 caps, after each loose stool, up to 8 times daily, for a total of 20 caps = 6.35.

$112.51 for Kreyòl ayisyen (Creole language) instructional materials:
Haitian Creole for Health Care: Keryòl ayisyen Pou Swen Sante by Marc Prou and Mel Schorin = $18.50. English Haitian Creole Haitian Creole English Word to Word Dictionary by Fequiere Vilsaint and Jean Evens Berret = $24.50. English-Haitian Creole Medical Dictionary by Maude Heurtelou, Fequiere Vilsaint = $14.95. Creole Made Easy by Wally R. Turnbull = $16.66. Creole Made Easy Pronunciation Guide, CD Set by Wally Turnbull = $18.95.

I am currently taking a free, once-weekly class in Haitian Kreyòl for Health Care Providers offered by the Office of Enrichment Programs/Division of Service Learning, Harvard Medical School.

$373.85 for stuff yet to do or get:
Electronic Basic Disaster Life Support™ (eBDLS™) = $200
SteriPEN UV water purifier = $99.95
Chlorine Dioxide Water Disinfectant = $24.90
Mosquito Netting = $23
Permethrin Spray for Netting = $15.50
DEET Repellent = $10.50

So, that’s $527.97 for stuff, $200 for training, and $1500 for the trip.

Please help me make this mission by making a donation. You can do this by clicking on the “Donate” button up there on the left. Or click here to go directly to the PayPal account.


5 Responses to “Help Send McDoc to Haiti on a Medical Mission”

  1. Really support you learning the Kreyol.

    Best wishes and Mercury’s speed on your mission.

    We will not forget.

  2. Heather Honeycutt said

    Done. We’re really proud of you.

  3. I have enjoyed your site very much and benefited from the information. Many thanks!

  4. Callista said

    Blessings on all of your preparations, travels, work, and journey back. Proud of you, buddy, especially because I suspect that you feel honored to be able to do this.

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