In April, I traveled with the Danville First Baptist Church to Haiti to provide patients with care for hypertension, diabetes and various other infections. We saw and treated more than 850 patients in one week.
This was the eighth annual trip the church went on. This time, our work was enhanced because we were able to collaborate with local Haitian nurses. As we examined patients, the nurses recorded care information for follow-up.
We provided the local nurses with blood pressure cuffs, stethoscopes, and glucometers to provide the necessary follow-up appointments. This was the first year we were able to secure follow-up care for the patients; this was largely made possible by having local nurses on the ground. This helps us stay updated with all of our patients to make sure that they have the proper care.
The trip was not strictly to provide medical care, but to provide overall health education, resources, and screenings to the local Haitians. In order to do this, we also organized dental screenings and eye exams.
We applied fluoride varnish to more than 200 children. We also sent each patient home with toothbrushes and toothpaste to carry on with their oral care. Additionally, we fitted approximately 200 pairs of reading glasses and brought an ophthalmologist along who performed some minor eye surgeries.
Thank you to the Henry Schein Cares Foundation for the donations for this great cause. While this was a successful visit, we look forward to our ninth trip, and hope to make it even more special.