I volunteered at Bernard Mevs Hospital for two weeks in May 2019 through the Project Medishare. I’m a pharmacist (with Pharmacists without Borders Canada) and my work consisted of elaborating some clinical tools. My experience was very fulfilling and I have the intention of going back. The local staff was great, very welcoming. I stayed at the hospital where I felt safe and well. I hope the work I did for them will be beneficial for the patients and the professionals. Thank you so much for this beautiful opportunity!
I was able to go to Port-Au-Prince Haiti for a medical mission trip with Project Medishare! This was actually my first trip out of the USA. While we were there we were able to help the lives of 27 locals due to surgical care. While there I was surrounded by a wonderful group of volunteers who had the drive to help other. I felt safe at the hospital I was staying at and I am so thankful that I had this opportunity!
Northern Arizona Volunteer Medical Corp (NAVMC) has just returned from our 36th trip to Haiti. Most of these trips have been through Project Medishare of Miami (PM). In June we went to Hopital Bernard Mevs in Port-au-Prince where we treated trauma victims, many of whom had sustained gunshot wounds in the violence that was occurring in small pockets of the city. This particular trip was quite a bit different because of the violence that has rocked Haiti this past year. PM was extremely thoughtful and supportive of our group as we made the decision to go to Haiti. They were instrumental in assuring that our volunteers were safe and well cared for while in country. As the organizer of most of these NAVMC trips over the last 10 years I have relied on PM to guide me and to help create an experience that makes our volunteers return over and over. The people of Haiti are suffering perhaps now more than any other time since the earthquake and are desperate for help. We felt honored to help out a few and to work with the local physicians and staff learning from them as much as they from us. Without the assistance of Project Medishare this would not have been possible and several lives would not have had the benefit of treatment of their injuries.
I have been to Haiti 30 times with Project Medishare for Haiti (PMH). This organization has helped support medical relief in Port-au-Prince since early after the earthquake in 2010. PMH has been instrumental in helping us reach out to over 300 patients requiring surgery to treat injuries and infections in a country that lacks the infrastructure and resources to provide care to many of its citizens. One such example is Woodjina, a 5 year old who we were able to care for ultimately saving her legs from severe infections. Now walking without pain, she has returned to school and has the opportunity for a normal life.
In April 2019 I arrived at Hospital Bernard Mevs as a volunteer nurse for a week. Stacy, who is a RT and wears many hats at the hospital, met me at the airport in Port au Prince. Stacy was welcoming and very helpful during my stay. The housing for volunteers is good, like a dormitory and air conditioned. Breakfast and lunch provided, assistance for dinner is offered.
The emergency room is the department where I worked. The staff was wonderful to work with, Gabriel RN, is one of the most caring, considerate nurses. The needs of the hospital are great, please donate. My only regret is that I don't speak Haitian Creole, I am trying to learn the language because I plan to return!
I volunteered here as an EMT for two weeks and had a great experience! I would recommend if you are looking for volunteer opportunities over "voluntourism". This clinic sees a lot of trauma for those looking to learn, and there are numerous opportunities to jump in for those who are already skilled. Coming with a bit of Creole or French speaking ability would be very helpful but is not vital. The genuine mission of this non profit, as well as the fair cost to volunteer, ease of sign up, engaging experience, and accommodating/friendly people involved make this nonprofit highly recommended. I hope to return next year!
Project Medishare is a wonderful organization. They provide amazing healthcare to underserved areas and provide access to medical treatment that the people of Haiti would not otherwise have access to. They provide teaching and continuing medical training for staff there as well. Supplies and volunteers come weekly to lend support and aid in teaching, helping and caring for the sick and injured.
It is an amazing community of people.
I was able to help out as a physician for a week in the ER. I was able to teach and provide care as well as learn. It was a wonderful experience working with the knowledgeable staff including doctors, nurses, paramedics and ancillary staff.
I completed a one week stay at Hospital Bernard Mevs in May 2018. From the moment I decided to follow through with this medical mission I felt thoroughly supported by the team at Project Medishare. Fundraising was made easier through their donation page and instructions on how what to expect when in Haiti was accurate.
While in Haiti, we always felt safe. The lodging was very comfortable and the catered food provided on a daily basis (breakfast and lunch) was delicious. The team at the hospital were helpful, knowledgeable and professional. I did some work at the wound care unit, the ER and pediatrics. All departments provided an interesting experience. I would love the opportunity to return to Haiti to complete another mission. I am incredibly grateful to have been a part of such an amazing organization and participate in a mission of providing care to those that need it most.
I included a picture of someone very special I met while in the pediatric unit.
I truly am grateful for Project Medishare and Bernard Mevs Hospital for instilling in me the humility of having to understand what goes on in the world of Emergency Medicine outside our bubbles and I cannot underestimate such an opportunity.
I also want to give a shout-out to Stacy, our coordinator, for going above and beyond to making sure all the volunteers were comfortable, safe, well-fed, well taken care of, loved, and entertained the entire time we were here. It was fitting we came during the middle of Mother’s Day celebrations in Haiti as you were like a mother to us all. Also big thanks to Jen, Sam, Raphael, Kency, Drs. Rivette (especially for the kind things you wrote!), Germain (for getting to hit the ground running on day 1), Gordon (for being the trauma magnet that you are!), Levequé (for letting me run the ER by myself for hours!), and Pontius (for being the best co-doctor to work with everyday!) for your kindness, professionalism, and warmth throughout this entire experience. There was never a bad moment and never an instance where I felt unsafe.
It has been a privilege to have worked with you all and I look forward to coming back soon. Much love.
Zach, the nurse who went with me, also had this to write:
“Thank you so much to everyone that donated and made my trip to Haiti possible. I’m still processing all that I saw and experienced, but the trip was incredible, and I can honestly say that we made a difference.
We learned from the staff of Hospital Bernard Mevs and we shared with them our knowledge and experience as well. We worked on patients with spinal injuries, gunshot wounds, electrocutions, and congenital illnesses. We treated babies that were so malnourished, they required intensive care. We gave our blood, sweat and tears, and will be sure to return one day and do it all again.”
I volunteered for Project Medishare for 2 weeks in August of 2018. The facilities and housing is barebones, but effective. The staff were welcoming, and I found it easy to get acclimated to the hectic world of Haitian medicine. I felt the whole time, and felt that I was making meaningful contributions to the hospital.
I've volunteered for Project Medishare numerous times and I love the work they do. In my experience with them, we worked mostly with expecting mothers in Port au Prince and the Central Plateau region of Haiti. A lot of the work we did together was to make sure the women have safe, healthy pregnancies and post birth, make sure the mothers and babies are educated in all the information they need and get the medicine and treatment to continue to live healthy lives. It is always a fruitful and wonderful experience to work with their hard working, compassionate team and I can't wait to volunteer again.
I worked with Project Medishare in 2012, and they have an excellent program. I worked at some of their clinics in the Central Plateau for a week. They take good care of their volunteers and their patients and I highly recommend them to anyone considering volunteering in Haiti.
After the earthquake that rocked Haiti I travelled to Bernard Mevs with an Emergency Room doctor from Florida Hospital in Orange City that I worked with. Before leaving Florida the decision was made that I was not to travel with the group as a paramedic would not be useful. Well Dr. Wayne Barry insisted that my presence would be helpful and I was once again on the welcome list! The most exhilarating week, full of hard work and endless nights that changed my life forever! I had been on mission trips to Mexico before, but nothing compared to the work in Haiti. I still keep in touch with a young woman from Canada that brought a sick infant to Bernard Mevs. She, with some strong supporters are operating an orphanage in Carries and has adopted the baby stabilized by Bernard Mevs and his twin brother. I can never thank the staff and those who allowed me to experience Haiti and all its beauty enough! I will continue to support this nonprofit and hope to one day return.
I am a family practice physician practicing in a small rural community, yet I always feel the desire to help people affected by disaster. I am on a Federal disaster team, deploying multiple times a year, and went to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina with the Red Cross. A lot of deployments treat family doctors like they are not valued, sending out the surgeons and the ER docs. When I was invited to assist Medishare after the earthquake, we went to work almost immediately. I was able to offer my full range of training, taking care of injury patients, rehab patients, a STEMI patient, and OB. I worked 12 hour shifts each day until I got on the plane to go home. I slept on a cot with mosquito netting in a big tent right next to the hospital tent. I worked with wonderful interpreters, nurses, and USF residents, who did an amazing job. There was an atmosphere of teaching and learning. The patients were grateful, full of humor, and so resilient! I would go back in a moment, but it is hard to raise the funds. My church had to help me get to Florida, and donation dollars flew us from Miami to Port Au Prince. I had always wanted to volunteer in Africa, but here, right off of America's southeast coast, is a little country that desperately needs help to maintain these services which have roots here for over 20 years. I highly recommend this experience!
I volunteered every year for a week in Hospital Bernard Mevs with Project Medishare from 2011-2015. Every year there was such incredible improvement in infrastructure as well as the knowledge level of the staff. It was still a challenging place to work due to the lack of overall communications ability between hospitals and of course the lack of certain medications, lab tests, and equipment. I know it has continued to improve in subsequent years and I am anxious to return. The Haitian staff and parents (I'm a pediatrician) are wonderful. I donate every year because they do such good work.
This is an organization that emphasis medical services delivery while fund-raising and self-promoting is not the focus. With Medishare your contribution is used to ' help the helpless" and not to finance a gigantic administrative bureaucracy...…...this is "money well-spent".
A very poor Haitian young man needs a third surgery on his leg that was broken one year ago in a motorcycle accident. I dropped him off at medishare hospital in Port Au Prince Tuesday, March 27th. I do not have the money to pay for the 2500G per day hospital bed and as yet undetermined fees beyond the 40,000G requested up front for the operation to repair a "pseudoarthrosis of tibia and femur".
The wife was told last Thursday that the cost for a hospital bed was 1000G. Today, Monday-three days later, she was told the bed will cost 1500G. Today they were told the cost for the hospital bed is 2500G per day. Then after paying the 40,000G they were told-no available beds now so come back tomorrow. Maybe the surgery will happen tomorrow maybe not but the hospital has the 40000G they demanded. I am saddened that the poorest of the poor in Haiti cannot receive care in a place like medishare (which receives incredible dollars in aide).....pathetic
Dear Vmeade58: We are very sorry to hear of your friend’s experience at Hospital Bernard Mevs. Project Medishare for Haiti partners with Hospital Bernard Mevs in Port-au-Prince to provide medical volunteers, training, medication and other assistance. Hospital Bernard Mevs is a privately-owned hospital that is independently operated from Project Medishare. In the Central Plateau, where Project Medishare has worked for nearly 25 years, we operate two health clinics and implement several programs that provide thousands of poor, vulnerable Haitians with access to lifesaving healthcare at no cost to them. We are able to do this thanks to the generous support of donors. We appreciate your feedback and will share it with the leadership at Hospital Bernard Mevs. Please reach out to us at email@example.com and we will see if there is anything we can do to help.
This was my first overseas volunteering trip and it was amazing. I wasn't sure what to expect since I've read stories of other organizations where you are "voluntouring" instead of actually using your skills to help back. But from the minute I got to Bernard Mevs I felt like I was able to use my skills to help patients. You also can't help but learn new things every day. The staff at Project Medishare (especially Stacy) made us feel extremely welcome and were so flexible at finding everyone's comfort zones. I will definitely go back again.
I am Dr. Margie Gerena Lewis or Dr. Margie. The people of Haiti are warm and caring. In many ways, they remind me of Puerto Rico my home. I immediately felt at home and welcome when I arrived to Haiti. I had the privilege to participate as a volunteer physician with Project Medishare this past July, 2017 and I know I will be back. The needs are great. However, their contagious passion to continue to improve, to grow, and to build up a much needed health care system are definitely present in the daily actions of all the staff members at Bernards Mevs Hospital and Medishare. I learned through them that perseverance, grit, and hope for a better future are intertwined and needed to build dreams. Nothing worth fighting for comes easily. I hope I never forget those words again. Keep moving forward. Pa'lante! Never give up. I am eternally grateful to all of them my new friends and colleagues. Hasta pronto! à bientôt!
Team Project Medishare 10/23/2017
Dr. Margie: Thank you for taking the time to leave this well thought out review. Positive comments like yours are what keep us motivated to continue doing or work. We would not have accomplished so much without the help of volunteers like you!