After the earthquake, bringing care to a Haitian hometown

This June, Beatrice Marseille, a Nurse Practitioner in Mt. Sinai’s oncology unit, will lead a medical mission to her hometown of Meyer, nestled in the mountains, two hours from the Haitian capital of Port-Au-Prince.

Marseille has led missions to Meyer every year since the 2010 earthquake. 35,000 people from all over travel to Meyer for access to its lone clinic, the only healthcare available. Many of the people lack electricity.

This year, in addition to providing hundreds of vaccinations against tetanus to the largely livestock-raising population, Beatrice will be bringing an OB/GYN and a midwife. “Otherwise,” she says, “the women will have no access to a doctor before they have their babies.”

Marseille is also planning to visit two clinics on her June mission, for which she’ll be joined by three other NYSNA nurses from Mt. Sinai.