“When we gather up what remains of our worship together, we prepare to go out into the world beyond the walls of our sanctuary. We are a community of faith that believes that when our worship together ends, our service truly begins.”
On December 28th through January 4th I traveled to Haiti with a group from Danville First Baptist Church.
The team consisted of 39 volunteers including medical doctors, midwifes, RN’s, pharmacists, and many students. During the course of a week we treated 670 patients, 170 were children under the age of 5. We were treating patients for hypertension, various infections, and malnutrition. Approximately 200 fluoride varnishes were performed to children ages 7-15 to help prevent decay.
The most distressing case that we saw was a little girl (supposedly about 2 1/2 years old) who looked to be about 6-8 months old. She was so malnourished, she could hardly move. We supplied her mother with whatever supplements and vitamins we could to get this child to good health. Haiti is filled with many more people just like this little girl who need our help.
I would like to sincerely thank Henry Schein for their generous donation of dental and medical products as well as all of the volunteers who donated their time for this worthy cause. They provided us with the tools needed to serve an indigent population that otherwise would not have received the care that they so greatly need including oral hygiene kits, medical equipment and supplies, medicine, fluoride varnish, and wound care.