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Pulling Teeth

Pulling Teeth

This was not my first medical trip in Haiti, but it was the first time I went with Sionfonds.  One of the things that impressed me the most was that Sionfonds is providing not only medical, but also dental care.  While there are many groups sending medical teams to Haiti these days, there are very few that offer dental services.  Just as in the U.S., in Haiti, dental care is much harder to come by than medical care, to the extent that outside of the cities, it is virtually non-existent.  Because of this, it was a huge pleasure to see Sionfonds volunteer dentists, Scott Bullock, Matt Valentine and Allen Hilton, arrive with boxes of fluoride, sealants, anesthetic,  a vast array of dental instruments and all of the supplies to keep everything sterile even in the most challenging of situations!

Honestly, although I have spent quite a bit of time in Haiti, I had never really paid close attention to anyone’s teeth.  It was heartbreaking to see the level of decay, especially in kids.  It was satisfying to see painful teeth being removed and even more satisfying to see sealants and fluoride being applied to kids’ teeth.

Enjoy the photos and many thanks to the dentists who made all this possible!

Serena Clayton

Successful Clinic despite Hurricane Weather

Successful Clinic despite Hurricane Weather

We held a very successful clinic in a small village on the southern coast of haiti yesterday. It was a “hurricaine day” so school was called off and we were not able to bring in entire classes of kids for dental sealants and fluoride. However lots of parents brought their kids anyway. The dentists pulled a lot of teeth and we treated about 200 people for various infections, worms, diarrhea. We also had several people with severe hypertension.

Friday we set up clinic in the midst to the hurricane. It is pouring rain and the clinic is being surrounded by a growing lake. We didn’t think many patients would show up but we were wrong. And we had a number of very sick people including a woman with possible cholera who is receiving an IV on the porch at this moment.


Medical trip preparation

Medical trip preparation

Annie Blackstone:  We have 19 volunteers preparing to leave for Haiti on Nov 2nd.  We will be providing basic medical care and dental care in four rural communities.  These are very rural and impoverished communities where many residents receive their only medical care when our teams visit.  We have volunteers from California, Utah, Canada and the U.K. and are looking forward to a productive trip.

We will be purchasing medications in Haiti for our clinics.  If you would like to help support this trip, we will put all donations to good use!  100% of the funds will be used directly in Haiti.

Check back for future updates and news from the team in Haiti.


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