Les Cayes Medical Clinic, Part 4
With the first medical clinic completed, the Among The Reeds team held a debrief to discuss both successes and areas for improvement. I was struck by everyone's self-awareness and willingness to improve where necessary, myself included. In all, two key issues arose that would impact the remainder of the ATR team's activities in Haiti.
First, the need for individualized medical attention was far greater than the capacity for any one practitioner to bear. With so many families attending the clinic, the average patient was seen for approximately seven minutes.
Secondly, women's healthcare needs, ranging from prenatal to post-menopausal, were a significant factor in the number of families attending. It was primarily the mothers and grandmothers bringing themselves and their children to receive care. While the supply of deworming and anti-malarial medications remained high, ensuring the pharmacy was stocked to respond to the need for children's and prenatal multivitamins became a priority.
For the time being, all remained was to pack up and head out. And while the goodbyes proved moving, we all quickly turned our attention to the next town the ATR mobile clinic would visit.