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Greetings once again from Jeremie, Haiti! As I mentioned in a previous blog, Cherlie Severe and I recently spent a few weeks in the US, attending conferences, visiting family and taking care of business related to our Haiti ministry. The first conference we attended was the annual conference for Christian Connections for International Health. This is a wonderful organization which seeks to provide resources and networking information for faith-based organizations working in global health. There were about 125 attendees at the conference, which was held at a retreat center near Fredrick, Maryland. The conference sessions and small group activities allowed us to learn some valuable information and develop relationships with others involved in community-based work like ours. If you’re interested in more information on CCIH, I encourage you to visit their website (www.ccih.org).

The second conference, which was held in Washington, DC was the annual conference for the Global Health Council and had around 2200 attendees from over a hundred different countries! It was a whirlwind week of panel discussions, lectures and small group sessions, but allowed us to hear first hand about the most up-to-date activities in the field of global health all around the world. And, it provided us with many valuable contacts for the future. Their website is www.globalhealth.org if you’re interested.

The political situation in Haiti is calm for the moment.  The person who was nominated for the position of Prime Minister, Ericq Pierre, was not confirmed by the Parliament, which was a disappointment to us here in Jeremie.  Mr. Pierre is from the Jeremie area, and, if elected, he would have helped fix our roads and make other improvements in the infrastructure in our area.  We’re waiting to see who will be nominated in his place.  In the meantime, we’re hoping that there won’t be further unrest as the political process moves along.

This has been a record-setting week for us in the clinic, as we saw 60 patients on Tuesday and 40 patients on Thursday, despite pouring rain all day.  It was quite a feat for just the two of us!  The high volumes are partly because we are closing for a few weeks, as Cherlie and I go to the US for some conferences, business and family visits.  We’ll be attending the annual conferences of two organizations, Christian Connections for International Health (CCIH) and the Global Health Council.  The theme of both conferences is on community-based primary health care, which is our interest, so we’re hoping to learn a lot and make some valuable contacts.

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