Tuesday, March 9, 2010

How we lived Down Therre

Volunteer health care workers stay inside the clinic. We had air mattresses and mosquito nets. I brought down a donated laptop computer that works fine with the wi-fi there. We had to have flexibility in our journey there: electricity occasionally went down but the generator for the building was available; running water was sometimes down...

 BUT Reggie always brought us Haitian food from a restaurant and we enjoyed a mid day get together with the staff. He took us around the city: to see the destruction, to visit some hospitals to see what their pharmacies could share, and to enjoy a late night meal a few times. The place has lush vegetation, surrounding mountains, wonderful people ...
Please feel free to make comments or questions or email me. Medical assistants, pharmacists, etc could do a lot at a low key clinic like this

They have a permanent Spanish / French speaking MD there 7 days a week. Who knows who you might influence to make this trip of volunteering in an incredibly beautifully place in an historic, though disastrous situation.

HypertensionRxHaiti.com - Dr. Roehm, a cardiologist, wrote up:
Table of Contents:
1. What medications used for treating hypertension are particularly cost effective?
2. What are some of the medications previously commonly used in Haiti for treating hypertension?
3. What is the way to tell a Haitian patient their blood pressure results in a way that is understandable to the patient?
4. What are some general considerations in treating hypertension in Haiti?
5. What are some specific medications to consider using, including therapeutic considerations and equivalent dosages of other medications in the same therapeutic class?
6. Frequency of medication translated into English, French, & Kreyol.
7. What are some cost effective drug combinations for treating hypertension ?
8. HTN Rx Protocol: If Lab unavailable
9. HTN Rx Protocol: Lab monitoring available


P.S. thanks Annie for putting the idea in my head
A.R.Russo anthonyrussomd@gmail.com; contact Chris atDorsainvilFoundation.org


Kelly O'Neil said...

HEY Dr. Russo, looks like you did a great job down there, and probably got a lot of good karma.
Thanks for giving your time and skills and keeping us posted.
Kelly O'Neil

Rango said...

Thank you so much Dr. Anthony for going and giving your time down there. Your help with the medical supplies drive was outstanding, and numerous pharmacies donated so much on your behalf. And it's wonderful to know that those meds are now in Haiti at the Gonaives, Hospital.

Lv Annie

Anonymous said...

Those suitcases were not filled with our clothes! We had meds and supplies filled to capacity.