Port au Prince

Port au Prince
"He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure." Psalm 40:2

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Today we continued our work cleaning up the pharmacy and helping establish a tracking system of medications.  We were asked to do an inventory of all of the medications and to put together a systematic way of using soon-to-be-expired medications first, track incoming donations or shipments, and track amount dispensed and total money received.  No easy task!  After going through everything, we found 4 big suitcases full of expired medications.  It was heartbreaking to throw these away!  We have been working hard with the pharmacist and new LPN who will be managing the pharmacy to help understand what they would like and what system would work best for them.  There's a lot of work to still be done but we've made great progress and hope to have everything organized by the end of the week.  The past few days I have also been working with the Haitian doctors and seeing patients.  I've been learning a lot from them and have even been seeing a lot of malaria, Chikungunya virus, and parasites.  I've had a chance to get to know the 3 residents well and catch a glimpse of health care in Haiti and the community we are serving.  Kings Hospital is the only hospital that serves the Cazeau community, a city northeast of downtown Port au Prince.  The children's hospital is very close but the next closest hospital is at least a 20 min drive on a good day.  As one resident described to me, Kings does not have the resources to provide emergency care but provides so many services like pediatrics, internal medicine, obstetrics, xray, and pharmacy among others, services that this part of the city would otherwise not have.  Today we started doing well-child physicals on all of the children from the orphanage.  They did so well with this and enjoyed playing with the reflex hammer and walking away with stickers on their arms!  It was a great joy to use what little skills I have to help keep them healthy and well.  I'm looking forward to what the rest of the week will bring!   --Heather

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