Volunteering in Haiti

Service Project with Haitian Health Foundation
October 2017

Peter Thomas, D.M.D.

From Oct 7—13 three other dentists and I– another family practice doc, an orthodontist, an oral surgeon–along with two young men who provided setup and sterilization services, traveled to Port au Prince, Haiti, and then by small plane to the city of Jeremie on the western end of the island to work alongside Haitian Health Foundation (HHF) personnel to remove painful, broken-down and infected teeth.

Haiti is a country in the Caribbean, near Jamaica, comprising 3/8 of the island of Hispaniola which it shares with the Dominican Rebublic. Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere with 80% unemployment, rampant corruption, poor infrastructure, and a lack of government supported healthcare and education. However, the Haitian people are remarkably resilient and good-natured despite most communities lacking reliable electricity, potable water and sanitation.

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