WEST HARTFORD – On Nov. 5 and 12, Medical Aid to Haiti (MATH) will send volunteer teams of Connecticut doctors, nurses and pharmacists to join the Hurricane Matthew relief effort in Haiti in November.
Out of necessity, the focus of these trips is shifting to emergency care from the original mission of elective surgical services. MATH’s project director in Port-au-Prince, a native Haitian, Dr. Wilkens Gilbert, said, “The population is currently facing an outbreak of cholera and infectious diseases amid famine.”
MATH is seeking monetary donations to ensure these medical teams are provisioned to meet the increased need for emergency supplies including IV fluids and antibiotics to treat cholera and bacterial gastroenteritis. Donations help MATH maximize the effectiveness of these crucial medical missions. Donations may be made at www.medicalaidtohaiti.org/donate or checks may be sent to MATH, 80 South Main St., West Hartford, CT 06107.
MATH is a Connecticut-based nonprofit staffed by volunteers with the mission of helping Haitians heal Haitians. Funding supports a Haitian-staffed fixed and mobile medical clinic operation in greater Port-au-Prince as well as surgical services in remote Dame-Marie, Haiti. Together, the projects provide nearly 15,000 patient visits annually. Multiple times a year, MATH sends Connecticut-based medical teams on surgical and clinic missions to work side-by-side, educate, and collaborate with Haitian medical partners.
MATH began with a Haitian Medical Ministry established in 2002 at St. Peter Claver Parish in West Hartford. By the end of November 2009, MATH was incorporated as a 401(c)(3) organization. The former International Medical Mission: Blue Team, affiliated with St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, united with MATH in July 2014.
Learn more at www.medicalaidtohaiti.org.