April 6, 2017
FROM: Project Haiti, Inc.
Dear Governing Board of Hopital Saint Francois de Sales (HSFDS),
Mgrs. Harris and Chadic
Drs. Alouidor, Eustache, and Brutus
Project Haiti is pleased to bestow donations to Hopital Saint Francois de Sales that now enable the hospital to begin laparoscopic surgery. The donations are detailed in the separate attached manifest document and the retail value of the donations, assuming that the hospital ordered this equipment, is $118,800 US. This equipment was successfully installed into Salle d’Operation #3 at HSFDS on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 by Stryker Endoscopy representative and Project Haiti volunteer Jake Boegel. On April 4th and 5th, many laparoscopic surgeries were successfully performed by Project Haiti surgeon Dr. Martin Perez and HUEH surgeon Dr. Sylvio Augustin, under the direction of Dr. Paul Severson and Ron Vitales.
In addition to the Stryker hardware donation, additional laparoscopic tools from Medtronic and surgical supplies from the Minnesota Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery were donated through Project Haiti as well with an additional estimated value of $9400 US.
We want to thank Riverwood Healthcare Center for processing and shipping to Florida, Food for the Poor for transporting the donations from Florida to Haiti, and HSFDS authorities and Dr. Bernard Brutus for their assistance in acquiring the donations from Haiti Customs. The Project Haiti team appreciates the hospitality of all the wonderful people at HSFDS and the cooperation of all departments to make this initial laparoscopic education a success. We were able to help educate several surgery residents in the basics of laparoscopic surgery and would like to plan expanded courses in the future.
We look forward to a fruitful future relationship with HSFDS, and on behalf of the Board of Project Haiti, Inc., we congratulate you for your beautiful new hospital and appreciate the opportunity to become a small part of your bright future.
Project Haiti, Inc. Board of Directors
Paul Severson, MD, President
Henri Lanctin, MD, Vice-President
Pat Lanctin, Secretary
Jody Albers, Treasurer
Ron Vitales, Board Member-at-large
Mike Evans, Board Member-at-large
Haiti has been through a very difficult time over the past 6 months due to acute socio-political instability. Fuel and food shortages have led to riots and an organized resistance movement. The objective of this unrest has been to force the president to resign. He has been targeted due to the widespread belief that he and his associates are involved in the diversion of funds meant for Haitian people. The riots have led to 3 months of school closures and unsafe travel conditions both in Port au Prince and country wide. So far the president has resisted resignation.
Currently, there appears to be calm and the schools have just re-opened. Patients have been forced to suffer at home due to their inability to reach medical help. In addition, nurses and physicians have been unable to reach many hospitals. Fortunately, this situation is resolving and support is desperately needed.
Although Project Haiti has been forced to cancel several medical trips due to these safety concerns, we remain in close touch with our colleagues. They have been through a time when they were more concerned about personal and family safety than learning. Despite the dangers, we have heard stories about the sacrifices they have made for their patients They are now anxious to resume training and provide broader medical care to their patients. Accordingly, we are scheduling several workshops for later this spring. Assured that it would arrive safely, we have just shipped over 1,000 lbs of supplies and equipment for urology and laparoscopic surgery. These items are critically needed as the economical situation is even worse than usual in Haiti.
Thank you to all of our supporters who make this work possible. We hear so much frustration by our colleagues due the obstacles they have faced over and above their usual difficulties.