Haiti has been struck by disaster one after another. Since 1981, Haiti Adventist Hospital (HAH) has served the people of Haiti through good times and bad. In the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, Amistad International began supporting the HAH orthopedic surgery programs founded by Dr Scott Nelson and many teams of volunteers. HAH now has a state-of-the art orthopedic surgery program serving the poor and underserved. The program is now expanding to include an orthotic and prosthetic clinic. HAH is partnering with Loma Linda University School of Orthotics and Prosthetics, Amistad International, and Tim and Annika Cleveland.
Tim Cleveland, a graduate of Loma Linda University’s 2015 School of Orthotics and Prosthetics, is opening the Haitian program this month. He will be creating and fitting a variety of prosthetic and orthotic devices, and training locals to be prosthetic/orthotic technicians.
Annika Cleveland will be setting up a nursing education program at HAH, and also helping the hospital to develop an ICU. She’s a graduate of Loma Linda University School of Nursing, and earned a Master’s in Nursing from the University of New Mexico with a specialty in nursing education. Most recently Annika’s worked in the Intensive Care unit at University of New Mexico Hospital.
“We are looking forward to our launch day next week! We are praying for smooth travels and the safe arrival of all of the needed equipment!,” Annika and Tim tell us.
For more information and to contribute to this Amistad program, please visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/open-an-orthotics-and-prosthetics-clinic-in-haiti.
Photo: Annika and Tim Cleveland