Summary of ESF-Drexel University Global Humanitarian Mission
The Team comprised of a multidisciplinary group of Family and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant, Nurses, Medical Doctors and non-medical personnel. The student and faculty group was led by Dr. Sharon Byrne, Dr. Dorit Breiter and Ms. Juanita Gardner. The Drexel Administrator was led by Ahaji Schreffler and ESF Team Leader, Cara Sottile. There were 1 FNP student, 5 Psych NP students and 3 PA students. The ESF Haiti based members included 2 Haitian Medical Doctors and 9 Medical Translators.
The team was able to successfully support over 1,030 persons between 3 different sites in Port-Au-Prince (175 at Camp Sineous at the AMURT primary school and 125 at Foundation Sens Universal et Damabiah Orphanage in Delmas 48), Croix Des Bouquete (255 day 1 and 350 day 2 and 125 day 3 at the Haitian American Caucus-HAC). The agenda for the mission and general information on common diseases and infections treated included disorders ranging from Chronic Hypertension, Hypertensive Crisis/Emergency, Atrial Fibrillation, Uncontrolled Diabetes, both Insulin Dependent and Non-Insulin Dependent, Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA), Depression, Anxiety, Anemia, GER, Malaria, Chronic Pain, Candida Albicans, Bacterial Vaginosis, Menorraghia, Dysmenorrhea, Papurnia, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, UTI, Allergic Rhinitis, Intestinal Parasites (worms), and Tinea Capitis. In summary, team had artillery of medication at its disposal which included common OTC like Benadryl, Tylenol, Motrin, MV (Seniors, Adults and Children), Oral Rehydration Supplements (ORS), Zantac, Tums, Claritin and Children/Infant Tylenol. Additionally, the team administered Anti-Hypertensive medications like Ace Inhibitors (Lisinopril), ARBs (Losartan with K+ and/or HCTZ), HCTZ alone, and Beta Blockers (Metoprolol). Antibiotics ranged from Flagyl, Doxycycline, Ciprofloxicin, Diflucan, Ceftriaxione (IM), Mebendazole and Albendazole. Other inhalers, eye and ear drops were also available. The team made every attempt to provide education, recommend non- pharmacological alternatives and support for Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes, (TLC). The team was also able to conduct private consultations for talk therapy and deep breathing exercises with patients under extreme stress related to inability to eat daily, money to live and survive, threats for safety and security along with distress about living conditions in Haiti and minimal opportunities to work and be educated. The interdisciplinary team did an amazing job working together and we look forward to the next team of professionals in Haiti. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve the community in such a large way.
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