We’ve arrived in Ranquitte and just finished our first day of clinic. The trip to Ranquitte from Port Au Prince is interesting. Last year we hopped in to 4wd open-bed cargo trucks for the non-paved sections. This year, we were in a van that miraculously made it down multiple steep, muddy hills, and even through streams. When I say our driver was amazing, I mean daredevil-amazing. Haitian drivers are already the most tactfully aggressive drivers I know of, and I’m pretty sure our driver will someday be a legend.
This morning we had our first day of clinic, seeing nearly 270 patients. The first day is normally slow, since it’s Sunday, and word isn’t out that we’re in town. The majority of patients seen today had chronic complaints, that we may only be partially able to treat, but we treat them nonetheless. For many, even a multivitamin is progress towards better health. As the clinic goes on, we’ll inevitably see more serious and complicated cases. No matter what it is, we’re seeking progress even in the small details.
Progress isn’t just in the work we do. It’s pretty obvious how much has been made in the year since I’ve last been here. While driving through Port Au Prince, the streets were notably cleaner than before. The still unpaved section of road to Ranquitte is smoother and construction vehicles are all over the place. Power lines go farther than ever before. This progress is tangible and it’s not going to stop.
We’ve got 9 days left to get swept up in the momentum… I think we’re off to a good start.
Keep checking the site, as I’ll post much more interesting stuff as the trip goes on, but for now here’s my first attempt to teach Haitians how to take a “selfie”.