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Experience the Jacmel, Haiti Physical Therapy Clinic -


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This presentation was put together by Travis Farhar and Kathy Coomes of ProRehab who just returned from a trip to the Jacmel clinic in Haiti. All of the info in the slides are what they think you need to know before your trip to volunteer in the clinic. Take a look to hear a first hand account!

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Experience the Jacmel, Haiti Physical Therapy Clinic -

  1. 1. Rehab in Haiti<br />Presentation by:<br />Travis Farhar, OTD, OTR/L, NASM-PES <br />&<br /> Kathy Coomes, PT, CSCS<br />
  2. 2. Mission<br />Provide rehab services in Jacmel, Haiti<br />Become the literal “hands and feet” for individuals who are “lost” due to their new disability<br />Increase the accessibility to physical/occupational therapy services (never had PT/OT in Haiti before the earthquake-only massage therapists)<br />Work along with partner organizations such as CCH, Joy in Hope, Team Canada Healing Hands, DUFH/Team Angel, PT Development LLC, ProRehab PC, Drayer Physical Therapy, and Excel Rehabilitation<br />
  3. 3. Transportation<br />Fly out of local airport to Miami<br />Fly into Port-au-Prince, Haiti from Miami (2 hours and 20 min flight) <br />Prefer you arrive in Haiti in the morning for travel purposes and leave in the afternoon<br />Drive from Port-au-Prince to Jacmel (Jacmel is 25 miles south of Port-au-Prince through the mountains and takes at least 2 ½ hours to get there)<br />
  4. 4. Packing List<br />Detailed list on<br />Bug spray (100% Deet)<br />Sun screen<br />Small fan<br />Granola/Snack Bars (a must!!!!)<br />Chewable Pepto (you will likely get sick at least one day)<br />Bottled water for day 1 until you get to Jacmel<br />As much supplies as you can carry (As of July 1, 2010 there was an embargo where you can only take 2 checked bags/person. Check with airlines for current status.)<br />
  5. 5. Port-au-Prince<br />
  6. 6. Earthquake Damage in Port-au-Prince<br />
  7. 7. Tent City in Port-au-Prince<br />
  8. 8. Village Outside of Port-au-Prince<br />
  9. 9. Drive From Port-au-Prince to Jacmel Through the Mountains<br />
  10. 10. Driving Through the Mountains<br />
  11. 11. Jacmel, Haiti<br />Population of Jacmel: 50,000<br />Population of Commune of Jacmel: 150,000<br />Estimated Amputees in Jacmel: 1,000-1,500<br />One of the safest cities in Haiti<br />Was an emerging tourist city prior to earthquake with artisan district and many carnivals<br />
  12. 12. Map of Haiti<br />
  13. 13. Future Home of Joy in Hope Ministries in Jacmel<br />
  14. 14. Street in Jacmel<br />
  15. 15. Outside of Refugee Camp (Pinchanit)<br />
  16. 16. Refugee Camp (Pinchanit)<br />
  17. 17. Kids at the Refugee Camp (Pinchanit)<br />
  18. 18. Housing Accommodations<br />Renovated hotel named the Isaiah 61 House<br />Anyone that goes to Haiti from this point forward will stay at the Isaiah 61 House<br />Feature dorm-style rooms with designated male/female bathrooms and shower facilities<br />Have showers, but cold and very little pressure<br />No AC, however have ceiling fans and power outlets<br />Provide breakfast (7am) and dinner (5pm). No lunch typically so bring some granola bars/snacks<br />WIFI at the hotel (bring a computer or smart phone if you wish to connect to the internet)<br />Security watch the gate and make rounds around the hotel<br />
  19. 19. Isaiah 61 House<br />
  20. 20. Isaiah 61 House 2nd Floor<br />
  21. 21. Isaiah 61 Front Gate with Security<br />
  22. 22. View Off Balcony of Isaiah 61House<br />
  23. 23. Rehab Facilities<br />Next to St. Michael Hospital<br />Tent shared with ER<br />Two tables and fans<br />Some prefab braces and wound supplies, but supplies are at a premium<br />Extremely hot in the tent<br />Translators are available, however their English is still not great and communication is an extreme issue<br />
  24. 24. Rehab Clinic<br />
  25. 25. Inside Tent<br />
  26. 26. Supplies in the Tent<br />
  27. 27. View From Outside the Tent<br />
  28. 28. Shoes and Shirts in the Tent<br />
  29. 29. Neighborhood Engagement Shirts Around Town<br />
  30. 30. Rehab Staff<br />Full-time American PT <br />Nurse<br />Massage Therapist /rehab aide<br />Two translators<br />Office clerk<br />
  31. 31. Rehab Staff<br />
  32. 32. Travis Farhar and Kathy Coomes<br />
  33. 33. Caseload<br />Approx 20-30 individuals a day<br />60% orthopedic (great deal of knee/back pain)<br />40% neurological (strokes are very common in Haiti)<br />People typically come back 2-3x/week that live in the area<br />80% PT so OTs get ready to treat back/knee pain and assist PT<br />Some documentation to help keep track of patients<br />Fairly organized for Haiti<br />
  34. 34. Burns<br />
  35. 35. Strokes<br />
  36. 36. Fractures/Dislocations<br />
  37. 37. Knee/Back Pain<br />
  38. 38. The Patients Are So Appreciative! <br />
  39. 39. Estimated Costs<br />Flight/Hotel in Miami- $850<br />In country lodging/transportation costs- $700<br />Supplies- $100<br />In country misc - $100<br />Fees/Misc- $100<br />Total: Estimated at $1,600-$1,900 for entire trip (Many creative charity/donation ideas on to help offset the cost)<br />
  40. 40. Conclusion<br />Once in a lifetime opportunity<br />Very rewarding (patients are so appreciative) <br />Expensive (can write off 100% of travel and lodging costs on your taxes)<br />Still in desperate need for therapists/medical staff<br />
  41. 41. Useful Resources<br /><br /><br /><br />
  42. 42. Contact Persons<br />Karen Carr<br />Director of CCH<br />Email:<br />or<br />Michelle McBride<br />Project Coordinator for CCH<br />Cell: (804) 400-3096<br />Email:<br />
  43. 43. Isaiah 61<br /> The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,        because the LORD has anointed me        to preach good news to the poor.        He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,        to proclaim freedom for the captives        and release from darkness for the prisoners.<br /> -Isaiah 61:1 (New International Version)<br />
  44. 44. Do Your Part to Help Haiti!<br />