2019 October

From October 10 to 13, NSVI will conduct its 20th mission to Haiti. We were supposed to conduct this mission Sep 12-15, but because of severe fuel shortages and the resultant civil unrest, we decided to postpone.

Dr. Johnston had volunteered for the September dates, but cannot make it in October. Nonetheless, her commitment warrants credit. Drs. Johannensen and Monteith are veterans of international work. Renee has been with NSVI to Haiti twice before and she is a regular promoter of family planning in Rwanda. Charles has been with NSVI on many vasectomy missions: to Haiti, to the Philippines,and to Kenya.

We are all from East Coast states.

We will provide vasectomies at 5 locations.

Schedule:

Thursday Oct 10:
Arrive in Cap Haitien on American Airlines #2732 at 4:06 PM. We will not have time to perform vasectomies today, but we will stop at Hopital FSM to hang banners for our return on Oct 12 &13. We will then pick up our stored supplies (tables, Mayo stands, and some equipment) at the Cap Haitian Health Network (CHHN) office. We will bring them to Hotel Roi Christophe, where we will organize supplies to support two teams.

Friday Oct 11:
Team 1: Vasectomies at Dr. Mesadieu’s ULS Clinic in Ft. Bourgeois.
Team 2: Vasectomies at the Dugue Clinic in Plaine-du-Nord.
The first team to finish will go to the Complexe Medico-Social de LaFossette to prepare the procedure room for Sep 14 and to explain vasectomy to the women waiting for their appointments at the prenatal clinic.

Saturday Oct 12:
Team 1: Vasectomies at Complexe Medico-Social de LaFossette.
Team 2: Vasectomies at either Dr. Romel’s RJP-CRAPS clinic in Limonade or in Grande Rivière du Nord. When finished, both teams will go to the Hopital Ft. St. Michel (HFSM). When finished there, we simply lock the door so we can continue on Sunday morning without having to set up again. We pay all staff for the cases performed so far.

Sunday Oct 13:
Vasectomies at HFSM in Cap-Haitien until 3:20 PM, at which time we depart to get the 5:21 PM flight back to Miami. As the other doctors work, I pay the staff for Sunday and divide supplies and equipment into (1) those that we donate to our domestic teams, (2) those that stay in Cap-Haitien for the next NSVI mission, and (3) those that I bring home to the USA.

Dr. Stein’s Flights: