Medical mission reaches remote mountain villages
(Vocus) April 2, 2010 -- Over the weekend, while families gathered for Passover and Easter, a New Jersey physician ventured into the bush country of Haiti.
Robert W. Brenner, M.D., M.M.M., chief medical officer for Summit Medical Group and Short Hills, N.J. resident, left at 4 a.m. on Friday, April 2, for a week-long medical mission to Haiti with members of The COTY Project. Joining the mission are Brenner’s son, Danny, and Danny’s friend, Jeremy Adelsheimer, both 16.
The mission to Haiti is the cause of The Haiti Plunge, a program of the Church Outreach To Youth Project (COTY), headquartered in North Adams, Mass. Led by Sister Eunice Tassone, founder of the Haiti group and COTY development director, the trips have been taking place for nearly three decades. This year’s trek, however, is a first for Brenner.
Upon arriving in Haiti, the group traveled via bush vehicle north for 58 miles on the coastal route out of Port au Prince into the Cabaret region. Three miles past the center of Cabaret, near Boucassin, they turned right up a 6-mile dirt road into the "Haiti bush, " to a nine-village mountain cooperative. (Desab, Tima Dortel, Brel, Galgal, Lamy. Gauthier, Jean, Rebal). They are staying in the village of Desab, the hub of the cooperative with a schoolhouse, a bakery, a health clinic and a dormitory for the volunteers. There is no electricity or running water. Village families, averaging seven people, live together in wood-framed mud huts with thatched roofs. Seventy-five percent of the residents in this part of Haiti live as scratch farmers – the norm in rural as well as urban parts of Haiti. While Brenner attends to the residents' medical needs, the 16-year-old boys will participate in building projects.
For the trip, Brenner brought his own medical “toolbox,&rdquo
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