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UMC Medical Staff Helps in Relief Effort for Haiti

Lafayette -- With a history of hurricanes hitting the state and now the Gulf oil catastrophe, Louisianians know disaster first hand, but the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti in January pushed the impoverished nation beyond the breaking point.

Five months later, Haiti still welcomes outside aid, so from June 25 through July 11, two teams of medical professionals and volunteers from around the nation will be in Haiti for medical relief work.

Dr. Rick Quincy, with the UMC Department of Anesthesiology, and Dr. Richard Howes, Director of the UMC Department of Pediatrics, will be on team II from July 2 through 11. LSU Medical School graduate and pediatrician, Dr. Juliette Howes Owens, daughter of Dr. Howes, will also be part of this team of nearly 50.

“All team members are volunteers, and all are paying their own expenses,” said Dr. Howes. “Many are also purchasing and taking supplies to supplement the clinic and hospital there.”

Donations Are Welcome

Involved in medical relief for Haiti long before the earthquake, the Association Haitienne de Developpment Humain, which is spearheading the trip, has extensive experience in organizing effective help, but can use outside assistance.

Mail donations for supplies or travel expenses to Association Haitienne de Developpment Humain, 149 West Lakeview Dr., LaPlace, LA 70068. Find out more about the association at http://www.haitiahdh.org/ .

Maia Marceaux, in the UMC medical director’s office, is also accepting cash donations. All donations are fully tax deductible.

A recent residency graduate, Dr. Quincy’s donation of his time and travel costs is a special sacrifice. You can direct donations specifically for his expenses.

“We give thanks for any small help you can provide,” Dr. Howes said. “We will be sending updates on our work through the LSU secretaries. We are pumped up, we’ve got our shots, and we are starting the malaria prevention regimen. We are ready to work some long, difficult and hopefully rewarding days!”