Christophe just sent in this update on the Manba for Malnutrition Program. There are currently seven children in the Jolivert area on the program. Missions of Love is blessed to be able to offer this program to malnourished children in the community. Life-saving programs like this are only made possible with your support.
You can read more about the Manba Program just click here.
Karen, Gregg, Ralph, Barbie, Dr. Brandon Taylor and Dr. Lea Fowler – our October Dental Team
The team has just arrive and they are already hard at work.
Dr. Lea teaches Karen how to be a dental assistant!
Dr. Brandon Taylor is seeing a patient in the new clinic.
While Gregg was busy outside making a shoe repair with duct tape!
Please cover the team in prayer as they spend their days seeing patients and bringing the good news of Jesus to those in need.
Lacie LaRue, Brandy Buttram and Jennifer Phillips all got to experience Haiti for the very first time in January. Here’s their thoughts on the car ride on the way to Jolivert.
A beautiful article about Amy Bankston & Karen Becher’s trip to Haiti. They rescued a Restavek ~ a child who had been given to another family as a servant ~ a child just down the road from our clinic in Jolivert.
Southeast member sees struggles of children in Haiti – The Southeast Outlook.
Where to start… Visited 5 graduates on Manba program yesterday and all look really good. During visit found a 3 yr old girl with 3rd degree malnutrition and edema so she will go to the clinic on Mon. and start on the manba program. Got to visit a Mom of twins-in Jan. twins came to clinic underweight. Mom was put on Manba program and twin are now chubby at 7 months.
We have discovered a little girl we met last summer is now a restavek in a nearby city. Parents who can’t afford to care of their child will place them will a family that is suppossed to send the child to school in return for the child doing housework. It usually turns out that the child is burdened with work and never gets to go to school; kind of like a child slave. We are working to get her back with her family by supporting her in school and providing a monthly stipened to feed her.
This morning Brooke, a nurse practioner with the group, rushed to a nearby house. The lady was 3 months pregnant and hemmoraging. The took her to the nearest hospital and only the security guard was there. The woman stopped breathing and Brooke had to perform CPR. She was able to resuscitate the women before the doctor arrived. The last thing we did today was show the Jesus Video in Creole for about 75 kids at Pastor Jean Robert’s church.
Karen Becher and her group are having a successful trip in Haiti. Here’s a few of their comments & photos so far…..
Made it to Jolivert safely on Tuesday. we hiked to Bel-Air yesterday to hold a mobile clinic & saw 118 patients! Today we had the first of two days of health care conferences for 18 nursing students and 14 outreach workers. Things are going great, thanks for the prayers. ~ Karen Becher
To God be the Glory, great things he has done! We saw over 100 patients at the Bel Air bush clinic in Haiti 2 days ago (malnutrition, rampant scabies, parasitic worms, stroke, and more); we finished a 2 day health conference with Haitian RNs and village health workers today(CPR training, breast feeding, nutrition, dehydration, IV techniques, ENT, and family planning); was reunited with my “Haitian 4 yr old daughter” who had a fever and was very sick; and we’re off to the market tomorrow. Despite the extreme poverty, Haitians are resilient! Thanks be to God for this opportunity! ~ Amy Bankston
In Haiti! What a blessing to have this amazing experience! ~ Brooke Gray
See the other photos in the album located here
Hi everyone, this is the first opportunity I have had to e-mail.Â It has been a primitive trip with little electricity and no e-mail until now.Â I arrived in Port au Prince on Friday morning as planned.Â I had a tour of the city and was able to see the damage from the earthquake.Â I was surprised how one house or business could be destroyed and the place next to it was standing.Â There is so much ruble in the streets and the traffic is awful.Â There are tent cities everywhere it seems but people are trying to go on with life.
There are 16 kids at the orphanage from about 20 months to 10 years.Â The kids are so sweet.Â They loved having us there.Â They look good overall but are not getting enough to eat-we will be working on that.Â Our flight was cancelled to Port de Paix after we spent 3 hours at the airport.Â We ended up staying an extra night at the orphange.Â Our flight was so delayed the next day that we had to spend the night in PDP because it was too late to head for the mountains.
We arrived in Beauchamp on Monday morning.Â The 2 nurses set up a clinic at the comminity building and I was the pharmacist.Â We saw pt’s for about 4 hours then went to church that evening.Â There were 10 of us and there were 4 twin matresses.Â I think I forgot to mention how hot it has been, anyway, the building we had to sleep in was nice but was probably 85 degrees at night so Heather and I ended up sharing a matress and sleeping outside in the army truck.
We did clinic again Tuesday morning and left about noon to head for Jolivert.Â Right before we left the community gave MOL a goat.Â A goat is an extremely generous gift from the people and can’t be refused.Â So the goat was in the back of the truck with us all the way to Jolivert.Â We will be having it for dinner tonight or tomorrow.Â I am doing well and feeling good.
My only complaint is it is hotter than I expected for October, it’s got to be in the upper 90’s; the sweating starts at about 7:00 am-yuk!
Many have concerns over today’s report of another earthquake in the Cap Haitien area that claimed some lives. I just spoke by phone with one of our directors, Karen Becher who assured me that no tremors were felt at our clinic compound in Jolivert.Â She returns tomorrow after several exhausting days of sorting, inventorying, and distributing tons of relief supplies (food, medicines, dressings, etc.) from our depot there.Â Much still to be done, though, as two more truckloads of supplies are being delivered to the docks in Miami.Â They will be on the next boat leaving for Port-de-Paix in a couple of weeks.Â At least two more teams are going in over the next four weeks to facilitate the ongoing distribution process.
Meanwhile, our food and tent distribution program in the Charbonierre region of PAP is still ongoing.Â Rumors have it that schools in PAP hope to resume in April.Â But we don’t depend on rumors, so we have already resumed primary school for 150 children, having provided shelter and hired seven school teachers.Â We are also supporting two orphanages with a total of 35 kids.Â On the other hand, many thousands are pouring out from Port-au-Prince into the rural areas and other metropolitan areas such as Port-de-Paix in search of food and housing.
While we’ve sent most of the tents gathered thus far on to PAP, we’ve shared tons of other crucially needed goods with hospitals and clinics in the northwest.Â Also, thanks to much hard work by our Haitian physician, Dr Guerry, he has re-instituted our health outreach program in six remote mountainous areas around Jolivert.Â This program had been siderailed for some months due to having our Child First-donated medicines held in Haitian customs on the docks at PAP for some seven months.Â These meds make it possible to save hundreds of children’s lives each year in areas that never see a doctor or nurse.
God bless all who have supported us in these herculean efforts, and to the many churches and other missions who have and are partnershipping with us.
Stay well! Dr Bob
Karen Barnett Becher You know that song by Johnny Cash: I’ve been everywhere man… That’s how I feel. I’ve been running all over the countryside the last 2 days. Went to church 2 hours up in mountains and met with a pastor and principal. Visited Manba graduates on Sat. Heard there was an earthquake in Cap Haitian yesterday, we did not feel it.
via Facebook | Karen Barnett Becher.
2008 has been an extremely difficult year for Haitians.Â First the inflation of food prices then the successive hurricanes and tropical storms have left the country with a huge food insecurity problem.Â Some of those most affected by lack of quantity or variety of food are children under the age of 5: MFMâ€™s target population.Â Thankfully we have been able to help over 80 children since the program began in May of 2007.Â As of today 17 children are currently receiving treatment.
On my trip to Jolivert in Jan. of this year I was pleased to discover that the program was running smoothly, and production of the Manba was going well. Jolivert Clinicâ€™s Nurse, Doctor, Pharmacist and Director were all enthusiastic about the results they were seeing in the children treated.Â I was able to do 2 home visits of children that had graduated from the Manba program just months earlier.Â It was wonderful to see these kids healthy and happy with their family.Â One of my responsibilities as MFM coordinator is to review nutrition assessments, track diagnosis and monitor outcomes.Â What I was not happy to find was that too many children were abandoning the program after just 1 or 2 visits.Â The return visits were a hardship on many of the families.Â Most did not have the ability to pay for transportation and a round trip to the clinic by foot could take up to 8 hours out of their day.Â Imagine walking 2-6 miles down and then back up a mountain with at least one small child every 2 weeks.Â That was something this American never thought of!Â The core MFM medical team, Christophe, Betty, Jackson and Edeline held a meeting and came up with a solution.Â The MFM program would assist with travel expenses.Â This has made all the difference.Â The default rate has decreased by at least 75%. Children are returning for all their visits, receiving nutrition and sanitation education and reaching their goal weight.Â When the child graduates he or she receives a small gift, a certificate of completion and a 90 day supply of multivitamins.
I again went to Jolivert in July with Maryellen Sanok, a Nurse Practioner from Michigan who is managing the MOL Outreach Clinics.Â One of my goals with the Manba program has been to incorporate it in these remote clinics.Â I traveled with Maryellen and Christophe to clinics in Grivot and La Platte.Â Grivot is about an hour and a half drive and La Platte is a 20 minute drive followed by an hour horse ride.Â I was able to meet with all the medical staff at both clinics and discuss the Manba program with them.Â Both clinics have been referring malnourished children to Jolivert, but again, it is a hardship for families to travel that far.Â The plan is for an outreach worker from each clinic to train with Edeline, the nurse, at Jolivert Clinic.Â The childâ€™s first visit and evaluation will still be done at our clinic but follow up care and Manba distribution will be completed at the Outreach Clinic site.
Due to the success of the Manba program and the rise in number of children being referred, MOL has hired another employee.Â Louisna, an auxiliaire [nursing assistant] from La Hotte, began training the first week of November.Â Not only will she work in the clinic but will also do preventative education to surrounding communities. This will include sanitation and hygiene, safe water use and preparation of well-balanced meals.Â Soon the Manba for Malnutrition program can proclaim we are not just treating malnutrition but helpingÂ PREVENT it as well.
I would like to recognize and thank the KT Community Foundation of California, Blue Grass Methodist Church and American Baptist East Church, both of Evansville, for their generous support.