Participation HRDF participation at the US Army South Medical Readiness Exercise in...

Participation HRDF participation at the US Army South Medical Readiness Exercise in Marigot and Cayes-Jacmel, Haiti

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September 14 to September 22, 2009.

The U.S. Army working closely with the Haitian Ministry of Health and local authorities had provided various medical, vision, preventive medicine and dental action programs to support Haiti’s efforts to help the people of the region.

 More than 30 doctors, dentists, ophthalmologists and other medical professionals provided assistance to at Marigot’s Ecole Nationale de Marigot and Cayes-Jacmel’s Medical Clinic.

The Haitian Resource Development Foundation (HRDF) actively participated in this Medical Readiness Exercise. Haitian-Americans pediatrician Dr. Wiener Leblanc and obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Aldy Castor as well as Haitian ophthalmologist Dr. Frantz Large participated in direct patient care and Health Promotion Program.

 Over 7,200 Haitians were provided surgical and medical assistance, about 2,600 patients were given dental and optometry exams, and more than 600 pairs of glasses were dispensed. Under HRDF auspices, a total of 316 were seen at the Health Promotion Program

Prevention of infections, advice on nutrition and good health practice

Target audience: patients waiting to be examined

  • Total number of participants: 172

Blindness prevention : Target audience: patients waiting to be examined

  • Total number of participants: 114

Basic life support (BLS) : Target audience: first responders, nurses, physicians

  • Total number of trainees: 20

“We are working with Haiti on long-term economic growth and job creation,” said Kenneth Merten, U.S. Ambassador to Haiti. “People’s immediate needs are also extremely important. Americans care deeply about the people of Haiti, and this mission — people helping people directly — is a demonstration of the friendship between our two countries.”

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The Haitian Resource Development Foundation prioritizes programs that enable and empower various Haitian locales to further personal and collective independence. Engaging in a range of programs over 20 years, the HRDF continues a commitment to providing measurable results for program beneficiaries and program benefactors. Working with multiple international partners from North America and Europe, the HRDF is committed to fundamental improvements in Haitian villages to ensure greater economic vitality in the near future.