Five graduating students in the Saint Louis University Program in Physical Therapy are heading for Haiti.
In the spirit of Saint Louis University's Ignatian values, on May 25, Amanda Buerger, Kara O'Malley, Maureen Cutrera, Tricia Wong and Lauren McCray will leave for Haiti and volunteer at the Advantage Clinic, Rehabilitation Hospital, and the surrounding community to provide physical therapy services. They also will treat people with a variety of injuries, diseases and disabilities.
Because of the devastation of the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake, many Haitians are still in economic turmoil and without needed services.
Based on Medical Teams International website's report of services previous physical therapist were expected to provide during missions to Haiti, these DPT graduates will provide prosthetic recipients training on proper use and rehabilitation, and conduct trainings in disability adaptation, awareness, advocacy and accessibility in schools, community groups and churches.
The Centre de Sante Lumiere/Advantage Rehabilitation Clinic is located in southwest Haiti in the suburb of Les Caves.
According to the DPT graduates, they plan to document their experiences using a website/blog (http://taptaptohaiti.blogspot.com/) depending on Internet availability.
To find out more about the hopes and mission of this Haitian expedition, visit the following links: http://www.medicalteams.org/sf/donate/support_volunteers/team_travel_haiti.aspx