TORONTO, April 6, 2010 – Canadian Medical Assistance Teams (CMAT) successfully handed over responsibility for the delivery of health care back to authorities in Léogâne, and have transitioned CMAT services to the town of Pétionville, outside Port au Prince. Teams 4 and 5 completed this transition, and CMAT operations have now concluded in Léogâne.
CMAT Teams 4 and 5 have been working at the Jenkins-Penn Haition Relief Organization (J/P HRO) Medical Centre since March 17 2010.
Team 4 and 5 Members include:
- Bill Coltart, PCP Paramedic and CMAT Director, from Comox, BC
- Sharon Morgan, CMAT Administrator from Comox, BC
- Nathan Blackstock, PCP Paramedic and Team 5 Team Leader from Vancouver, BC
- Dawn Anderson, RN from Saskatoon, SK
- J. Rashad Chin, Physician from Edmonton, AB
- Catriona Convey, PCP Paramedic from Sidney, BC
- Shandra Doran, Physician from Edmonton, AB
- Guinevere Rolls Dorward, RN from Vancouver, BC
- Mark Hyslop, Physician from Merritt, BC
- Justin Law, PCP Paramedic from Langley, BC.
- Skye Nicolson, RN from Toronto, ON
- Huguette Ray, RPN from Gore Bay, ON.
- John Rich, ACP Paramedic from High River, AB
- Sandy Scott, PCP Paramedic from Kalso, BC
- Janice Stirling, RN from London, ON
- Jean-Evens Cheridor, Nursing Student and CMAT Translator from Leogane, Haiti
Canadian Medical Assistance Teams (CMAT)’s sixth team of medical volunteers departed Montreal’s Trudeau International Airport Tuesday morning and will arrive in Port-au-Prince, Haiti early Tuesday afternoon.
CMAT continues to provide medical assistance in the quake-ravaged region, and has established an ongoing partnership to provide medical volunteers to staff the Jenkins/Penn Haiti Relief Organization’s medical centre located at The Pétionville Club. Though the acute phase of the earthquake recovery has been over for several weeks, volunteers continue to treat a significant amount of primary health and maternal/ newborn health care concerns.
“The Internally Displaced Persons’ [IDP] camp which is situated on the golf course of The Pétionville Club has an estimated population of 60,000 to 90,000 people.” reports Valerie Rzepka, Registered Nurse and CMAT Executive Director, who participated as a member of CMAT’s assessment team to Haiti in January. “The clinic sees between 200 and 300 patients needing medical treatment for a wide range of illnesses and injuries, and delivers as many as 3 or 4 babies each day. The people here have ongoing medical needs, including dehydration, wound infections, and other primary care needs, and CMAT is proud to be able to coordinate medical volunteers to provide them with the best care we can possible give.”
CMAT teams have been working closely with our American partners, International Medical Assistance Team (IMAT), and the Jenkins/Penn Haiti Relief Organization (J/P HRO). Over the coming weeks CMAT expects to rotate additional medical teams in and out of the area.
CMAT’s medical volunteer team members who will arrive shortly in Pétionville include:
- Maxine Bowerman, Registered Nurse and Team Leader from Union Bay, BC
- Marion Willms, Registered Nurse from Rockwood, ON
- Brandon Duncan, Registered Nurse from London, ON
- James Atkinson, Registered Nurse from London, ON
- Evan Bruce, Registered Nurse from Kamloops, BC
- Ryan Sinden, PCP Paramedic from Vancouver BC.
CMAT continues to appeal for aid and asks for your help and generosity by making a donation to support our medical teams in their efforts to assist the Haitian people.