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Medical Partnerships Aniqa Chowdhury, Sarah hurlbert, tori davis

Mission Statement

Our mission is to form partnerships with health centers in Dominica in order to identify and begin to remedy needs in the existing healthcare system.

Healthcare System in Dominica

Princess Margaret Hospital before hurricane
  • The Ministry of Health is responsible for providing and financing public health services.
  • Four hospitals in Dominica to serve 70,000+ population
  • The main hospital, Princess Margaret, only has 225 beds.

Effect of Hurricane Maria on Healthcare System

  • Princess Margaret Hospital lost roof
  • Major flooding in hospital
  • Intensive care unit destroyed
  • No electricity for several days due to flooding rendering generators unusable
  • Difficulty securing medical assistance for injured

Health Concerns After Hurricanes

Water-Borne Diseases

Residents in Soufriere gathering water below dam
  • Contamination of drinking water with spilled-over sewage
  • Diarrheal diseases like cholera
  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid

Air-Borne Diseases

  • Acute respiratory infections (ARIs) due to crowded shelters with poor ventilation
  • Meningococcal meningitis
  • Respiratory problems due to mold

Vector-Borne Diseases

Street in Rouseau with standing water
  • Mosquitoes attracted to standing water after initially being washed out
  • Zika virus
  • Dengue

Mental Health Problems

UNICEF organized soccer game to bring back normalcy to children in Dominica
  • Long-term
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Our Goals

  • Complete assessment on healthcare system in Dominica including pre- and post-hurricane data
  • Form partnerships with clinicians in Dominica
  • Identify long-term focus area

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