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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 www.med.brown.edu/haiti.
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.