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The mission of this working group is to focus on discussions about medical and emergency transportation.

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The Horror of Zika in Haiti

Claudy (Photo by Karen Bultje) - by John Carroll, MD - July 6, 2016

A wonderful friend of ours, Karen Bultje, who is a missionary in Haiti, has been caring for a young man named Claudy in her home for several days. Claudy lives in the Kenscoff mountains above Port-au-Prince. He recently became ill with a high fever, rash, and severe pain. He also began having weakness in his legs which prevented him from walking. His mother and family carried him down the mountains and he went by motorcycle taxi and tap-taps to Karen’s home in Port.

Karen and her nursing staff took Claudy to a local hospital where he was examined but he was sent back to Karen’s home. They said there was nothing they could do for Claudy. The family is not able to pay for care in any local private hospital in Port and the public hospitals are on strike.

Haiti - Cholera : Petit Goâve Needs Help !

by Guyto Mathieu (Correspondent Petit-Goâve) - May 20, 2012

Following heavy rains that fell on the town of Petit-Goâve, cholera has resurfaced. The rural communities of: Pijon, Lancet, Delatte, Nicolas, Lissade, Mapou Blaise, Lompray of the 7th communal section, are most affected by the epidemic.

There are already at least five people dead and more than thirty other people have contracted cholera after consuming contaminated water. The Cholera Treatment Centre of the 7th section are overloaded with cases and need materials, medicines and doctors...

The Notre-Dame Hospital is not able to treat people with cholera. Two peasants from the countryside, transported in emergency in this Hospital, died for lack of proper care...

Doctors Without Borders Doing the Heavy Lifting for Cholera in Port-au-Prince



Doctors Without Borders-Drouillard Hospital in LaPlaine

This Cholera Treatment Center is located two miles north of Cite Soleil - April 29, 2012 (Photo by John Carroll)


Doctors Without Borders in Haiti is directing and staffing Cholera Treatment Centers (CTC) in the Port-au-Prince area. During this rainy season, the number of cholera cases increased and sick people need a place to go very quickly for IV hydration. From what I have seen here in Port, Doctors Without Borders is doing the heavy lifting regarding cholera. (I realize there are many more organizations involved in fighting cholera, but it seems like MSF is always "bailing me out" when I have a sick patient.)


The Lady in the Wheelbarrow


Lucy in Front of St. Catherine's Hospital, Cite Soleil  (Photo by John Carroll) - by John Carroll - April 28, 2012

As I left St. Catherine’s Hospital several days ago, there was a distraught sweaty man standing a few in front of me. He was next to an unconscious lady in a wheelbarrow. 


I was not startled because this is a common way of transporting sick people in Cite Soleil. 


I reached for her neck to see if she had a carotid pulse. It was weak...but it was there. 


I asked the man what was wrong. He told me that the lady had a sudden and constant onset of diarrhea and vomiting the day before. She had been "bien prop" (very well) the day before that. 


She had cholera.


A Sign in Haiti

Claudia at St. Catherine's Hospital Cite Soleil--April 26, 2012 (Photo by John Carroll) - by John Carroll - April 27, 2012

We lost our beautiful mother two years ago today. The last two years I have lived with a deep ache in my chest. 

My mom meant everything to me.

As I prepared for pediatric clinic in Cite Soleil today, I asked my mom to send me a good strong sign that she is ok.

And for some reason before I left for clinic today, I threw one sterile Vidacare intraosseous needle (IO) into my beat-up doctor bag. Vidacare Corporation generously donated many intraosseous needles for me to use to treat cholera patients.  IO needles are put directly into the marrow space in the bone for people who are in shock and have collapsed veins. The marrow contains a great plexus of venous channels that will accept iv fluid very quickly.

On this trip I have never packed an IO needle because we are not seeing much cholera in Soleil, and the Haitian nurses I work with are excellent at starting IV’s in the usual fashion. But today I packed the needle... 

Mobile Medical Clinics - Two Woburn Ambulance Company Executives Offering Help in Haiti

One of the mobile units that will be put to use in Haiti. - March 28, 2012

Woburn, MA - Two executives from Woburn-based LifeLine Ambulance Service ( headed for Milot, Haiti, on Sunday, March 25, to work with the island's community health workers and help them improve their emergency health care system.

Brian J. Connor of Arlington, who is the president and CEO of LifeLine Ambulance Service, along with Ted White of Pepperell, vice president of clinical services and education, will spend a week at the Hospital Sacre Coeur in Milot, Haiti.  Connor and White will consult and conduct training on pre-hospital care and emergency medicine to over 65 attendees consisting of doctors, nurses and Community Health Volunteer Workers from the northern section of Haiti.

Inauguration of National Ambulance Center - Centre Ambulancier National (CAN) - March 8, 2012

Haiti - Health : New Public Network of Ambulance to Respond to Emergencies - January 28, 2012

Dr. Carl Murat Cantave, Secretary of State announced to the public last Thursday, the operationalization from February 1st, of a public network of ambulance, composed of a fleet of 35 ambulances to respond to emergencies of inhabitants of Department of the West. 5 additional ambulances will remain in reserve in case of problems.

A new phone number, the 116 will replace all other emergency numbers, between those in need of an ambulance and the network, informed Ralph Sénécal responsible for the functioning of the ambulance service. The management of the network will be done from a command centre [located in the neighborhood of Maïs Gâté] composed of a communications center, a dormitory and a garage for ambulances.

"The cover of the Department of the West will be provided through 7 circuits," stated Dr. Cantave. That first public network of ambulance in the West, should gradually lead to the establishment of a national network of ambulance and the gradual improvement of emergency health facilities. The next ambulance network, composed of 10 ambulances, should be put into operation in the Artibonite.

AMBULANCE NATIONAL CENTRE - National Ambulance Center (CAN)

National Ambulance Center (CAN)

Facility Type: Medical Facility
Status: Open

Port-au-Prince, HT 00000

RescueMoto Sidecars : A Multipurpose Transportation Vehicle




RescueMoto Sidecars are Logistical solutions for the Developing Worlds.
The RescuMoto units can be made, built  to fit your needs.
The RescueMoto is a "Multipurpose Vehicle" combining side cars and motorcycles for transportation support.Fits the needs of Medical, Ambulatory and General Transportation Services.

RescueMoto Website (FOUND HERE)

RescueMoto Designs (FOUND HERE)

For more information and customer service Contact Gus :

Modifying an Ambulance for Off Road Use

Suggestion is to possibly modify The Mobile Unit and the 2 Ambulances that Medishare has to get them back in action.

Building an Off Road Ambulance:Building An Action Ambulance

(ARTICLE FOUND HERE) for Off-Road online,May 2009, by Larry Gross

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