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RCD's OR table in Haiti

We go to the EDGE Not for what we do for them, but what they do for us.” Delamy Bazilme


A Rotarian Reflects on her Visit to the Medical Clinic of Hope (Dispensiara de Lesperence), Terre Blanche, Haiti.

“Ooh, No I see a limp baby,” exclaimed one of the nurses. As a mother with a 7-month old baby, weighing about 7 pounds entered the clinic. The baby was severely malnourished and had difficulty breathing. The nurses immediately started an IV and an x-ray of the lungs was taken which revealed possible tuberculosis. The baby and its mother were monitored overnight and plans were made to test the family for TB. Quick and expert action saved the life of this child. This is just one example of the lifesaving work at the Clinic of Hope.



The Rotary Club of Dunwoody has made a difference in the lives of some of poorest of the poor in ­Haiti by donating an operating table to the Medical Clinic of Hope in Terre Blanche, Haiti. Louise Barden, the International Director of the Rotary Club of Dunwoody and a retired CDC scientist, has se­­­rved on mission teams to the Medical Clinic of Hope in November of 2017 and most recently in June, 2018. She assisted in surgeries and other medical procedures, administered packaged pills, witnessed a birth and the grateful faces of the patients. She saw firsthand how the operating table donated by the Rotary Club of Dunwoody is making a difference in surgical outcomes and the lives of children and adults in this rural area.

The Rotary Club of Dunwoody is making a difference in surgical outcomes and the lives of many children and adults in this rural, isolated community. A Haitian ophthalmologist comes to the clinic and performs eye surgeries. This grandfather just had eye surgery and can see his grandchild for the first time.


When reaching out to Haiti, one is struck by the extreme poverty and desperation of the people, the contrast of beauty and beastly conditions. When patients come to the Clinic, they are dressed in their best and wait patiently for hours, sometimes overnight for medical care. The attention and care they receive many of us do not receive in the US. Each adult’s and child’s concerns and complaints are listened to attentively, needed x-rays, sonogram, and laboratory tests are performed, medications given and prescriptions filled. When careful monitoring is needed patients reside in the clinic for care overnight.




Posted by Tania Lopez
July 24, 2018

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