This past week (February 16 – February 22) I had the pleasure of participating in a medical/dental mission trip, with emphasis on dental treatment, to Jeremie, Haiti with Haitian Health Foundation led by Fr. Tom Seivel.
We visited five surrounding villages served by HHF, but stayed in the clinic guest quarters in Jeremie. It is a very impressive operation of services provided to many very poor Haitians who otherwise would not be able to afford medical/dental treatment. Each day we would load up three HHF all terrain vehicles with portable dental equipment and supplies, many of which were through the generous donations of the Henry Schein Cares program for which I and the people we served are most grateful, and head off to villages such as Lassise(Jeremie county) and Mie Kerotte(Moron county). There were 14 of us on the trip including three dentists, one APRN, one RN, myself, a dental hygienist, and many interested others. I was able to do much oral health education with helpful translators, and many, many fluoride varnish treatments! The dentists worked very hard getting people out of pain by extracting decayed and infected teeth.
This was my 14th trip to Haiti with HHF and I hope to make next year my 15th anniversary
. Many thanks to Henry Schein for all their help and support.