Tuesday, November 25, 2014

MFP Board Member Publishes Children's Book About Haiti

Kathleen J. Crane, who writes under the name K.J. Crane, recently published a delightful children's story book about an unruly Haitian rooster who had a penchant for dancing. The tale is told in both English and Creole. The story was colorfully and imaginatively illustrated by three student artists at the Atelier in Gros Morne, Le Foret des Arts (see photo below), and translated into Creole by Sr. Viviane Patenaude, an American who has taught in Haiti.

 Roody Junior Michel, Mondelus Wilgens, and Tchilaah Isereal at work at the Atelier in Gros Morne.

Amy Wilenz , writer for the New Yorker and author of two important books on Haiti, "The Rainy Season", and "Farewell, Fred Voodoo", had praise for the book. "Jan Jak is a wonderful tale that will introduce kids to the brilliance and charm of Haitian storytelling and art."

K.J. Crane is a writer, teacher, and humanitarian worker, who directs the Children's Scholarship Fund For Girls, an independent non-profit that provides educational support for Hispanic girls in the United States and Haitian children in Gros Morne. Medicine For Peace has partnered with the CSFG for more than two decades.

You can purchase JanJak from Amazon.com or on the Medicine For Peace website, press the DONATE NOW button and contribute $18.00 ( $2 included for handling) and fill in name and address, and we shall send you a book.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

MFP Brings Teledermatology to Gros Morne

Medicine for Peace has brought consultations by dermatology experts in the United States to the Alma Mater Hospital in Gros Morne, Haiti through modern teledermatology. Teledermatology consultations will consist of a primary care physician in Haiti sending a clinical history of a patient and images of the patient’s skin lesion to a secure website. Within twenty-four hours an expert dermatologist in the United States will interpret the history and the images, and provide a diagnosis and recommendations for treatment on the secure web site.  A number of patients have been treated successful in the pilot phase of the program.

The system put in place is in accordance with guidelines put forward by the American Academy of Dermatology Task Force on Teledermatology and the American Telemedicine Association, and is shown in the schematic below.

Haitian medical staff have been trained to take high quality images for interpretation, and to send helpful and clear images to the consultant. The dermatology consultants are committed to return diagnosis and treatment plans in a timely fashion. This service provides expert consultation to Haitian patients living in a remote area of the country, and provides a teaching opportunity between physicians in the United States and Haiti. Haiti has excellent internet services provided by Digicel, the Irish Telecommunications Company, and the cost to the Haitian care providers are only those for maintaining internet services. 

Dr. Kate Viola of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, who has published extensively on the role of teledermatology, was instrumental in developing the system for Medicine For Peace and the Alma Mater Hospital.