July 20, 2011
Mass. General Hospital Staff to Stem Raging Cholera at Hospital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti — Boston Globe, WBUR, MGH


Chelsea Conaboy of the Boston Globe reported on June 15 that one doctor and five nurses “from Massachusetts General Hospital will head to Haiti Sunday to help the staff at Hospital Albert Schweitzer in Deschapelles, north of Port-au-Prince, as the country responds to another surge in cholera cases…


“Team leader Grace Deveney, a nurse and professional development manager for the Center for Global Health, said the hospital is often called upon to send specialists and staff to disaster areas, as it did immediately after last year’s Haiti earthquake. The center is now creating a rotating network of…professionals who will serve on call for three months at a time…”


Deveney, who is making her fourth trip to Haiti since the earthquake, “said the center is also working to build training materials and streamline the processes it uses on the ground for communicating with partners in the disaster area and with colleagues back home.”


Mass. General, the largest employer of Haitians in Massachusetts,  sent 80 volunteers immediately after the Haitian earthquake.  MGH researchers “determined in December 2010 that the strain of cholera affecting Haiti matched bacterial samples from South Asia, and not Latin America, as previously thought. ” 


For a moving video and more information about Mass. General’s commitment to Haiti, global health care and disaster relief worldwide see:  http://www.massgeneral.org/about/pressrelease.aspx?id=1389 


For the full Boston Globe article see:http://www.boston.com/Boston/whitecoatnotes/2011/07/mass-general-physicians-head-haiti-sunday/g7jxzzRfjahqCgmLmCmTIK/index.html 


For WBUR’s audio interview with Nurse Grace Deveney click here:   http://www.wbur.org/media-player?url=http://www.wbur.org/2011/07/18/mgh-haiti&title=MGH+Returns+To+Haiti+To+Fight+Cholera&segment=mgh-haiti&pubdate=2011-07-18&type