The Changing Face of Death in Haiti

It seems as though out of the blue 4 cases of Diphtheria appeared in our clinic.  As quickly as possible, the patients were transported to Port Au Prince hospital for therapy.  One of the three children died, and we were on our way to trying to control a rising epidemic.   The father of the children, fearing a Voodoo curse, left the hospital with the surviving child who was not yet fully treated.  He went back to his village, packed up the rest of the family and left, possibly spreading the disease.

I felt so blessed being able to be part of a great clinic in this area which helps to identify diseases, and further the care of the people.   If the clinic was not available the disease might have taken the lives of many people in the village, and blame put on their superstitious belief.   These superstitions make Haiti vulnerable to very contagious and deadly diseases.  Instead the chain of events put in motion a plan to protect many from a possible epidemic.

The next day our medical administration worked together with the local government health agency to plan how we can assist with a vaccination program to protect the community from this horribly painful death.

Our Director of Nursing and Public Health Nurse worked together to come up with a logistical plan for treating the many people who would come to our area for vaccinations.

Our Director of Nursing and Public Health Nurse worked together to come up with a logistical plan for treating the many people who would come to our area for vaccinations.


The nurses, in a joint effort of good team work volunteered to go to the neighboring villages after the clinic closed, and teach the people about Diphtheria.

The nurses, in a joint effort of good team work volunteered to go to the neighboring villages after the clinic closed, and teach the people about Diphtheria.


Families crowd the vaccination clinic as a feeling of panic over takes the villages when news of the impending epidemic is heard.

Families crowd the vaccination clinic as a feeling of panic over takes the villages when news of the impending epidemic is heard.


In the next few days in conjunction with the local health agency, some of the staff from the Jesus Healing Center traveled to neighboring villages to do mass vaccination protection of the people.

In the next few days in conjunction with the local health agency, some of the staff from the Jesus Healing Center traveled to neighboring villages to do mass vaccination protection of the people.


Beatrice our Community Health supervisor helps coordinate the efforts to bring 5-6 clinics to towns and villages in our area.

Beatrice our Community Health supervisor helps coordinate the efforts to bring 5-6 clinics to towns and villages in our area.


The children here are so brave, but they are also frightened of illness as their lives are so fragile.  1 out of 4 children die before the age of 5.

The children here are so brave, but they are also frightened of illness as their lives are so fragile.  1 out of 4 children die before the age of 5.


Our nurses worked diligently throughout the weekend to travel to neighboring towns and villages for vaccination clinics

Our nurses worked diligently throughout the weekend to travel to neighboring towns and villages for vaccination clinics

The great, but little know Christian missionary, C.F. Andrews once wrote a short parable called:

The Legend

When Jesus returned to heaven he was asked by an angel: “What have you left behind to carry out the work?”  Jesus answered: “A little band of men and women who love me.”

“But what if they fail when the trail comes?  Will all you have done be defeated?”

“Yes”, said Jesus, “if they fail, all I have done will be defeated.”

“Is there nothing more?”

“No”, said Jesus, “There is nothing more.”

“What then?”

Jesus replied, “They will not fail”

The people here in Fond Parisien are so grateful for the Jesus Healing Center Clinic.  We thank God for His provisions, and the way He has touched the hearts of ministry partners as we work together  for life saving and life giving services.  Empowered by the Holy Spirit, we will not fail.