Our patients expectantly waiting to be seen at the
Torbeck clinic on Saturday 1/31/2015
In 2007 Drs. Molly Kelly, Bart Smoot and Martin Kabongo along with Carolyn Lief and Sue Kelly did a field trip to Torbeck to help establish protocols for a nurse-run hypertension clinic at the parish there. Hypertension is a big problem for Haitians as they age, and we felt this was one problem that we could help with by establishing a basic treatment protocol that Haitian nurses could follow.
We have had some modest degree of success with this, and in fact have been treating between 50 and 100 people for this disease at the parish. The Cathedral has been the principle supporter for this endeavor – donating many thousands of dollars for medications and salaries for the staff there – which include two nurses and a support person who staff the clinic on a weekly basis. We use in-country resources to maintain a consistent drug formulary for our patients.
This man came in recently with a
blood pressure of 220/110.
After being prescribed medications his
blood pressure on 1/31/15 was 140/80!
Dr. Kabongo (and me in background) with the
Haitian nurses who now run the clinic