We are happy to report that the entire Outreach team arrived safely in Haiti on Sunday, and they were able to enjoy some time visiting the various social projects linked to the St Damien Hospital before enjoying a team dinner courtesy of Enrico Ferrazzi’s cooking expertise. Gitte Stoerup gives us an update:
“I am a volunteer for the first time with the ISUOG Outreach Project.
From the 18-23 February we visit St. Damien pediatric hospital to help the local doctors and midwifes optimise their skills in obstetric and gynecological ultrasound examinations. This visit will be the third in the project.
In the team we are Lisbet Hanson, teamleader, USA; Jean Claude Fouron, Canada; Ellen Roets, Belgium; Bettina Hollwitz, Germany and Gitte Størup, Denmark. In very close teamwork with Enrico Ferrazzi and Andrea Paganelli from the Italian Fondazione Francesca Rava.
The three of us are new in the Haitian project – Bettina, Ellen and I. Ellen and I travelled from Europe and met in New York, staying overnight together close to the airport, leaving for Port-au-Prince very early in the morning. Arriving in a very renewed airport we were met by a lot of eager taxi drivers. We understood why we were told to only wait for the driver from the hospital.
We then drove with Lisbet the short way to our guesthouse, only a 10 minute walk from the hospital. Nice rooms and very kind and good service.
Roseline – our local “guide” in the project showed us around. Roseline took us by car to see an orphanage for small children up to 5 years of age and a “container” camp for children 5-15 years of age. Many of the children lost their parents during the earthquake in 2010. Others have poor parents who could not afford to feed them. And then again some children just dropped at the gate in a plastic bag.
Poor stories but amazing how the Fondazione are able take care of them in nice clean surroundings. A lot of the children made impression on us.
We finished the afternoon by seeing the St. Damien Hospital with all its facilities. Impressive how much they can do with the donations.
A meeting in the late afternoon regarding good practice in obstetrics finished the day at St. Damiens.
In the camp Enrico prepared a lovely evening dinner for all volunteers.
We made plans for tomorrow’s lectures and programs and we were all off to bed early.”
Good luck for the fist day of class!