| Apr 27, 2010
Both teams were hiking into Mithon today, but Fred and I weren’t really needed, so we stayed home to work with Aric who has rented the small house next door for an Medical Teams International warehouse for medicines. He’s our logistician who speaks French and is rapidly picking up Creole, which is a great help here in Haiti.
We’ve found the big metal roofed warehouse we’re used at the old campground is too hot for storing medicines. The house is comparatively cooler.
Several truckloads of new medicines had been shipped in from Port-au-Prince this week and were crowded into our front patio and carport. Aric got our guards and some of the drivers to shuttle the stuff over in wheelbarrows. This weekend we’ll get the medical team to help move in shelving from the warehouse and categorize all the medicines.
We got all the huge Medical Teams International medical bags (packed with supplies in Portland) into the new building and it gives us MUCH needed room in the team house. We actually can see the floor now. Except with two teams here, we’ve got bug huts, tents and sleeping pads all over the place. There are 17 people using one shower, a juggling act at best.
I had tried to warn the new team about the agony of hiking out of Mithon after a long day working in clinic, but most felt physically fit enough to try the challenge. They arrived home sore-footed and wilting with the heat. But they all loved the scenery.
Dr. Stephane, our wonderful young Haitian doctor came back from a job interview today in Port-au-Prince with great news for him, but bad news for us. He was offered a job with WHO (World Health Organization) in Leogane. It will be a major feather in his cap, but he will be a big loss to Medical Teams International.