Monday, March 8, 2010

Two of the 170,000+ “Cases”

Two of the 170,000+ “Cases”, by Conner Gorry in Haiti, Mediccglobal (Field Notes from MEDICC Official Blog of Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba), March 8, 2010 Case I: There’s a light drizzle falling as the busload of doctors, nurses, and 5th year medical students head out for the morning’s work in the Cuban health posts known as Belair I and Belair II. Stuttering through the clogged, rubble-strewn streets of Port-au-Prince, the bus is a veritable United Nations of medical personnel: there are Cuban doctors of course, but also Colombian, Brazilian and Panamanian physicians, plus Cuban nurses and Haitian medical students from the Latin American Medical School (ELAM) – all trained in Cuba. Ironically, as we inch past elders selling charcoal from reed baskets and young toughs peddling black market antibiotics, an armored vehicle full of UN blue bonnets chugs past. More...

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