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Before the Dust Settled
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An Enduring Partnership

Born’s service was part of a large response among Brown-affiliated individuals and groups, involving hands-on relief work, fundraising, and other initiatives. Alpert Medical School has a longstanding commitment to Haiti, notes Susan Cu-Uvin, professor of obstetrics and gynecology and medicine and director of Brown’s Global Health Initiative. In fact, the School was finalizing a memorandum of understanding for collaboration with three Haitian medical schools when the earthquake struck. That work continues, advanced by a visit to Haiti after the disaster by Cu-Uvin, Professor of Medicine Timothy Flanigan, Teaching Fellow in Pediatrics (Infectious Diseases) Michael Koster, and Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine Sybil Cineas.

What the group learned during the visit, funded by Brown and facilitated by the Providence-based Haitian Project, led by Patrick Moynihan ’87, is that long-term, systemic aid is more critical now than ever.

“We learned that about 50 percent of the medical students and practicing clinicians who could leave the country have in fact done so—making it essential to enhance medical education experiences in Haiti and stop the brain drain,” says Cu-Uvin. “Our goal is to build back Haiti’s clinical workforce through close collaboration with the state medical school, the University of Notre Dame, and St. Damian’s Hospital a pediatric hospital in Port-au-Prince which is adding an obstetric service and other adult med-surg services.”

Details of the collaboration with the two medical schools and St. Damian’s Hospital—which was left remarkably unscathed by the earthquake—were being finalized at press time.

To share the experiences of the Alpert Medical School community in Haiti through first-person accounts, photo essays, and articles (including the Wall Street Journal article about Kervins Noel), visit Brown Medicine has developed this special online report to honor their service in Haiti in the wake of the disaster, and to highlight the empathy, creativity, and depth that distinguish their accounts of their time there.

At a hospital in Cange, doctors treat a patient with a crushed leg.
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