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Humanity First Volunteers from Michigan

Over a year ago on 12 January 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake ripped Haiti apart, leaving over 200,000 dead, 300,000 injured, and more than 3 million Haitians affected. Humanity First (HF) was amongst the first few humanitarian organizations that arrived at the disaster zone and setup the relief mission that served more than 50,000 Haitians in need. During a Disaster Response Medical Reconnaissance Mission in February 2010, Dr. Clayton Bell, a 27 year old physician from Arkansas and HF-USA Disaster Response Volunteer identified Seguin region in the Southeast of Haiti that was in dire need of healthcare services.

Back, left to right: Erin Caverly, Jesse Park, Sean Kim, Susan Kasko
Front, left to right: Hailey Wouters, Amy Luke, Amanda Vivian, Josephine Oblinger, Kenneth Stringer – Pediatrician, Brianne Marchand

Seguin is an isolated mountainous and farming community of approximately 60,000 people located at more than 5,600 feet above the sea level. Haitian Christian Outreach (HCO) an organization based in the area generously offered HF to use their facility, Cloud Forest Medical Clinic, to setup our medical clinic. In June 2010, with the help of Dr. Bell, Humanity First USA officially re-opened the Cloud Forest Medical Clinic (CFMC). Aside from a small dispensary located in Seguin, the next closest healthcare facility is located two hours away in Cayes-Jacmel.

Kyle Martin, helping a sick child at the clinic

In addition to Dr. Bell who is volunteering at the clinic for two years, CFMC is staffed by Kyle Denison Martin, a 27 year-old medical and public health student at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM). Kyle is serving the people of Seguin at CFMC for one year. There are more than twenty Haitians employed or volunteering in different capacities at the clinic.

Humanity First Team at the clinic, including Dr. Clayton Bell and Kyle Martin

Inspired by Kyle’s commitment to the people of Haiti, the clinic, and Humanity First, a group of nine Osteopathic Medical Students along with Mr. Kenneth Stringer, Doctor of Pediatrics, decided to become HF-USA volunteers and travel from Michigan to the mountains of Haiti to support the clinic. The mission is scheduled to leave on March 6 and return on March 12, 2011. When asked about the motivation of the group for volunteering with HF and planning this mission, group leader Josephine Oblinger responded,
“It will be a great opportunity to use the talents God gave us to go serve a community in need. My hope is that this experience motivates us all to use the knowledge and skills we obtain in medical school to help the less fortunate in the USA and abroad as we advance into our professional careers.”

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 March 2011 23:30

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