At HAS, it always takes a team to get the work done. And sometimes that team extends beyond our medical staff and our supporting departments to include other organizations that are able to partner with us to achieve something we could never have accomplished on our own. These partnerships are vital to our success and to the health outcomes for our patients. We are incredibly grateful to all of our partners over the years.
As you may imagine, sourcing our medical supplies is no easy task in rural Haiti. It’s in large part because of our support network that we’re able to keep our doors open and to keep dispensing top-notch care in such a resource-poor setting.
This week, we’d like to highlight two organizations in particular for their recent help: AmeriCares and AstraZeneca. AmeriCares has been making material donations to our hospital for years. After the earthquake, when we were flying through our stock to meet the huge influx of patients in critical condition, AmeriCares quickly made available supplies from their warehouse. AmeriCares continues to donate according to our needs, be it medicine and medical supplies, or financial support for us to purchase insulin, one of our costliest medicines.
One of our most recent needs has been to treat our patients suffering from dire infections yet who are resistant to our normally stocked antibiotics. AstraZeneca, a manufacturer of an antibiotic called meropenem, stepped up to the plate to make another miracle happen here at HAS. Thanks to their donation, and to the coordination work AmeriCares provided to link HAS to AstraZeneca, we have successfully treated patients who would likely have otherwise died due to infections resistant to all other antibiotics normally in stock at the hospital.
So thank you AmeriCares and AstraZeneca for providing support when we most need it, and thank you to all our other partnerships for all the careful collaboration and coordination. We couldn’t do it without you!
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