Church of St. Pierre in Baradères, Haiti

St. Pierre parish, Baradères, Haiti — sister parish of St. John the Baptist Catholic Community, Silver Spring, Md. 
 


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Medical aid · Cistern

Medical support

Baradères has a small government-owned health clinic. It is permanently staffed by nurses who are sisters of Ste. Therese de l'Enfant-Jésus, the religious community that also administers the parish primary schools.

Sometimes the clinic also has a physician. But patients must pay to be seen by a doctor and to receive medications. Most cannot afford this.

St. John the Baptist parish sends mostly over-the-counter medications for the sisters to distribute to those who can't afford to pay. Donated medications include those for pain, skin rash, stomach upset, gynecological medicines, asthma treatments, and others as well as pre-natal and children's vitamins.

We also send some prescription medicines donated by parish physicians when they get samples.

Especially needed are antibiotics. Additional funding would enable us to send more prescription drugs. These could be purchased pre-packaged for sending through a number of non-profit organizations.

St. John's sent medical teams of doctors and nurses to Baradères in 1996, 1998, 2002 and 2005. The teams have reported seeing many serious cases of cataracts, ulcers and skin rashes. Malnutrition is a serious problem in young children. Filariasis is a severe problem for many people young and old. Opthalmological supplies are desperately needed, as are antibiotics to fight basic infections.

Details of the 2002 and 2005 medical missions.

Clinic staffed by sisters of Ste. Therese de l 'Enfant-Jésus

Clinic staffed by sisters of Ste. Therese de l 'Enfant-Jésus and, at times, a physician.

Details of the January 2002 medical mission


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