Madonna nursing brings health services to Haiti

June 15, 2016

LIVONIA, Mich. – Madonna University nursing faculty, alumnae, a student and an advisor recently returned from what nursing professor Sr. Victoria Maria Indyk called an “awesome” mission trip to Haiti.

The trip, Sr. Victoria’s sixth, brought 20 duffel bags filled with medicine and medical supplies for St. Michel Hospital in Jacmel and the School of Nursing. In addition, clothing, shoes, toys, and supplies were brought for three orphanages, and health screening and teaching supplies and 200 pairs of eyeglasses were brought for children and adults.

Sr. Victoria and the nursing department raised money for the trip earlier in the year, securing a donation of $20,000 in medical supplies and medication for St. Michel Hospital through Detroit World Medical Relief. The hospital, decorated with wall-sized mosaics and already equipped with nursing desks and beds with privacy curtains, is set to open later this month.

Dr. Newton Jeudy, the director of St. Michel Hospital, was deeply appreciative of the supplies. “I have to thank you for your spontaneous interest towards St. Michel Hospital,” he wrote in an email to Sr. Victoria. “All the efforts you have already done and these ones to obtain and bring those medicines to us in donation are living proof of your compassion and generosity. I really appreciated it. Please receive my thanks and share it to the others who were with you. You will be always welcome at St. Michel.”

The eyeglasses were obtained from NEW EYES, and more than 50 people were assisted in selecting a pair that would help them to see more clearly. The volunteers also used the more than 100 donated toothbrushes, toothpaste, and bars of soap, to teach them how proper hygiene can help prevent disease. In addition, a tape measure and scale were set up to measure heights and weights of the children and adults.

From Jacmel, the group traveled to mountain clinics with the Mother Angela Mobile Clinic and performed several home visits in neighboring villages. They also visited several orphanages and healthcare sites, including a maternity care center.

According to Sr. Victoria, many of the participants were overwhelmed by the extensive poverty and poor living conditions of Jacmel. However, she added, “They were very happy to be able to help in the health-related activities planned as well as to see some very beautiful sites in Jacmel.”

Sr. Victoria's next Mission trip to Haiti is planned for Dec. 27, 2016 to Jan. 4, 2017.

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