MOBILE MEDICAL DISASTER RELIEF
HEALTH HELPS HAITI: MOTHER and CHILD MMDR 5409 Maryland Way, Suite 119 Brentwood, TN 37027 www.mmdr.org 615.833.3002
HEALTH HELPS HAITI...MOTHER and CHILD David Vanderpool, MD, founder and CEO of Mobile Medical Disaster Relief (MMDR), quickly mobilized a medical team upon hearing the news of the earthquake. The team headed to Haiti on January 14, 2010. MMDR, a 501(C)(3) humanitarian organization, provides basic goods and medical services to the poor of this world through the building and/or funding of medical clinics or hospitals. In large scale disasters we provide â€œfirst responderâ€? medical and logistical support. Between disasters, MMDR implements micro-enterprise projects, provides clean water initiatives, develops vocational schools, and maintains the goal of building and/or funding at least one hospital or clinic per year. We are presently in fourteen world-wide locations including Haiti, Honduras, Mozambique, Nigeria, India, China, Ukraine, Iraq, Kenya, Gaza, Peru, Guatemala, and the United States. MMDR is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of business and civic leaders who are active in the ongoing work of the organization.
HEALTH HELPS HAITI...MOTHER and CHILD - DEFINING THE SITUATION The issue of mother/child health in Haiti is one of alarmingly sober dimensions. Simple educational materials could aid Haitian mothers in their understanding of health matters and proper nutrition for their children. Statistics from the World Health Organization point out that half of all Haitian deaths occur before the age of five, and that 71% of Haitians, including mothers, are uneducated and illiterate. 90% of Haitian children have internal parasites and suffer from waterborne diseases such as cholera. Half of the deaths among children are preventable, and by mothers gaining understanding through a health education initiative, many of the deaths could be avoided. Although Haiti is a county in which the healthcare system is inadequate, common sense steps can be incorporated to improve mother/child health through basic clinical education. â€œWithout knowledge, the people perish.â€? Proverbs 29:18
HEALTH HELPS HAITI...MOTHER and CHILD MMDR!S GOAL Since the January 12th earthquake, MMDR has been talking a team of medical professionals to Haiti for a week each month to deliver medical care in Port-au-Prince as well as in the surrounding rural areas. As we care for patients, especially mothers with small children, the simple understanding that most mothers do not know how to properly care for their family!s hygiene and nutritional healthcare needs is extremely obvious. Giving a mother detailed oral instructions about how to rid a home of scabies has been proven an ineffective way to communicate the long list of important hygiene steps needing to be implemented. If, through an illustrated booklet, mothers could be taught step-by-step how to rid a home of scabies, or be convinced that breast feeding is the most natural and nutritionally healthy way to feed their infant, scabies would finally leave a home and many deaths from poor nutrition and tainted foods could be avoided. There are many more examples of the need for basic, well-delineated disease, hygiene, and nutritional health instructions a mother ought to employ to ensure better family health. MMDR!s goal is to reduce preventable disease and death in mothers and their children through basic education and knowledge, thereby empowering mothers to take sustained control of their family!s health through understanding of diseases, proper hygiene, and nutrition.
HEALTH HELPS HAITI...MOTHER AND CHILD A FEW STATISTICS According to the Pan American Health Organization/World Health
Organization health analyses, Haiti has endured poor health because of the constraints of poverty and an inadequate medical infrastructure since long before the January 12th earthquake. Over 90% of Haitian children have a water-borne illness and/or internal parasites. Through clean water practices, this could be prevented. Even before the earthquake, half of all deaths in Haiti were caused by preventable diseases such as malaria, TB, and diarrheal issues. Since the earthquake, these problems have grown worse, and other diseases like tetanus and cholera have been added to the list. Before Haitian children celebrate their fifth birthday, half of them have been buried. Over 40% of Haiti!s population is under five years of age. Improper feeding practices cause many preventable infant deaths. Newborns are typically fed porridge or solid foods. Only 1% of six month olds are completely breast fed. These and many other statistics are compelling reasons for mother/child family health education. Personally instructing Haitian mothers with a simple, well illustrated booklet including proper hygiene, nutrition, sanitation, and disease prevention information could empower them to take control of a healthier outcome for their families, sustaining their family!s health through knowledge.
HEALTH HELPS HAITI...MOTHER and CHILD METHODOLOGY • MMDR will utilize a clinical health professional volunteer to write health education materials that meet criteria established by healthcare professionals who have worked extensively in the MMDR clinical settings in Haiti. They know the major health issues affecting mothers and their children in Haiti. • The time scope for this project will be 10 months. • The booklets will be written in Creole and English for optimum usability and understanding. • An RN who travels to Haiti on a monthly basis will oversee the project as a consultant and project coordinator. • David Vanderpool, MD, CEO of MMDR, will check the final product for accuracy and understanding. • The booklets will be printed in the United States. • Booklets will be transported to Port-au-Prince Haiti to medical clinics for instruction and distribution to mothers with young children during MMDR medical clinics. • Patient clinical education will be on a one-to-one basis with an MMDR volunteer and a Haitian translator. The booklet will be reviewed orally and illustrations will be discussed. Questions will be encouraged. Special emphasis will be given to any particular disease or issue affecting the patient. • A patient education volunteer and translator will be present at each medical clinic. • The booklets will be culturally sensitive and will become the property of the Haitian patient.
HEALTH HELPS HAITI...MOTHER and CHILD - IN SUMMARY Because of your financial help, MMDR can initiate and conduct a vital project that will educate a significant number of mothers, teaching them how to improve the health and well-being of their children. The booklets will go home with each patient, which means they will have the capacity to educate neighbors and relatives as well. Many could be reached through one booklet and be equipped to initiate a life of sustained health for families in Haiti. Good family and community health means the country of Haiti can be more productive in other important areas as well. We hope you will find the mother/child health initiative to be a small price to contribute for such a worthwhile project. Thank you for your consideration of this imperative need.
COST ANALYSIS OF “HEALTH HELPS HAITI”
Transportation costs for two volunteers to travel to Haiti to conduct clinical education with patients
10 trips x 2 volunteers @ $750 per trip
One part-time RN to advise and coordinate program state-side and in Haiti
3% time @$150/month for 10 months
Production cost of patient clinical education booklets
# 1500 - 5.5x8.5- 12 page booklets two colors- saddle stitched
Two translators in Haiti
2 translators@ $5 each per day x 50 days
Shipping charges to Haiti
66 pounds - Priority Mail International
TOTAL COST OF “HEALTH HELPS HAITI”
Administered over a 10 month period