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Release Date: Thursday, October 3, 2013 1:47 PM
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Howard University Provides Medical Aid to Thousands in Haiti
College of Medicine Leads Howard Health Sciences Team That Included Pharmacy, Nursing & Allied Health, and Dentistry Haiti Service Learning Project is Now Part of Howard Medical Curriculum

WASHINGTON (Aug. 26, 2013) – For the fourth consecutive year, Howard University has responded to the needs in post-earthquake Haiti. In conjunction with the New York chapter of the National Organization for the Advancement of Haitians (NOAH) and the Haitian American Alliance, Howard University completed an ambitious service-learning-based medical trip to Haiti this summer.

A team from the College of Medicine, which included physicians, instructors, medical residents and students, began traveling to the country four years ago as a humanitarian response to the devastating earthquake in 2010. This year, the scope of the project expanded significantly with the inclusion of teams from the College of Nursing & Allied Health Sciences, the College of Pharmacy and the College of Dentistry. Howard sent 35 students and faculty members to the country between June 22 and July 1.

 “This year’s medical service visit to Haiti was an extraordinary interdisciplinary and inter-professional experience,” said Dr. Shelly McDonald-Pinkett, associate professor and interim chair of the Department of Medicine at Howard University College of Medicine and Howard University Hospital. “As the field of medicine grows, we continue to learn that we provide better patient care with team-based approaches. Howard University is fortunate to have a full range of health sciences education. This gave us the ability to provide a broad array of health services as we sought to meet the needs of the Haitian people.”

The Howard medical teams served nearly 3,000 Haitians during the medical project. Working 12- to 14-hour days, Howard students and faculty provided dental work and sexually transmitted disease (STD) training, distributed medications, and conducted educational workshops for local physicians. The much-needed care and clinical training covered surgery, pediatrics, internal medicine and obstetrics and gynecology.

The clinics were operated in the city of Fort-Liberté and in surrounding rural areas. The area has a desperate need for health-care support.  There are only a handful of physicians for thousands of residents who often cannot afford the cost of health care. Aside from providing medical care, Howard physicians taught Haitian health-care providers the latest medical techniques in various fields.  The team consisted of doctors from the departments of obstetrics and gynecology, internal medicine, pediatrics, pathology and anatomy. The lecture topics were chosen with assistance from the medical director at the hospital in Fort-Liberté.

Howard has been assisting Haiti since shortly after the earthquake hit.  Each year since, Howard undergraduate students have also been working on the island as part of Alternative Spring Break. In 2010, Howard University Hospital donated an ambulance to the Fort-Liberté Hospital that was shipped to the island nation by NOAH.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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