Speciality training increases ability to care for high risk mothers and infants

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Five young Haitian professionals from the NPH Haiti St. Damien Hospital are currently in Milan and Genova, invited by Fondazione Francesca Rava – NPH Italy, in a mission to acquire advanced medical knowledge to assist Haitian mothers and babies.

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Obstetricians Hansa David and Josette Michel, are completing an internship at the Ospedale dei bambini Buzzi, Milan, to increase their knowledge on labor and delivery to raise awareness about the confrontation between the realities of Italy and Haiti.

Wancy Valmont and Joseph Jean Pierre, gynecologists of the maternity ward at St. Damien, are working with the team of the Clinica Mangiagalli in Milano. The focus of their formation are eco graphs, pre-natal diagnosis and fetal growth. Their formation is part of the High Risk Maternity Project of the St. Damien Hospital in Haiti, born after the 2010 earthquake with the intent to reduce maternal and infant mortality after delivery.

Steve Gabriel, specializing in pediatric surgery at St. Damien, is following an internship at the Istituto Gaslini di Genova, to enhance his capacity in oncological and urological surgery. Steve is one of the two young general surgeons at their third year of pediatric surgery training program organized by Fondazione Francesca Rava, in collaboration with Italian Society in Pediatric Surgery (SICP) and Ospedale Gaslini di Genova.

The five Haitian professionals arrived in Italy thanks to the support of Rotary Foundation in collaboration with Rotary Club Cremona Po, Rotary Club Aix en Provence, Rotary Club Port-au-Prince. They also received in Cremona, the donation of a portable eco-graph for St.. Damien. We are also thankful to Dr. Houdicourt, a consultant at St. Damien for pediatric ophthalmology, for having promoted the collaboration between the Italian and Haitian clubs.