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Haitian Winter, Part 2: From C to Shining C, Handy Around the Clinic (Photo Essay)

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After the earthquake hit, C2C actually decided to sent the prototype itself to Grace Children's Hospital, with plans to send two more of these to Haiti later. Glad to see that my old home town, San Francisco, named after that great channel of healing love, St Francis of Assisi, could lend several of its businesses to this suddenly East Coast-West Coast humanitarian enterprise.

Clearly you can begin to see the L-shaped clinic design in the above photos, but now let's take a closer look:

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Above we see Georgianne to the right taking notes as Handy, on the left, answers questions while Andre, back toward us, listens on. The 20-foot container on the left with the large red cross is the OBGYN double examination room, while the container to the right is the lab and pharmacy. Since this is later in the day, the patients, who would be waiting on the blue benches beneath the awning, have already been seen.

Let's step inside each container now, starting with the one on the left:

As you walk in, you are immediately in the pharmacy, where two of the medical staff are awaiting the next patient or prescription order:

In the next room is the small but well-equipped lab:

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Stepping outside, we move on to the examination container:

We are now inside the large exam room; behind me is a smaller, more private exam room that I didn't happen to get a photo of:

This is the OBY/GN specialist, Dr. Yvon Justin, graduate of the State University of Haiti. He and Handy explained to us how they had been initially seeing 35 or so patients a day, but now they are beginning to treat 40 to 45 patients a day.

Handy, now standing, and the doctor also explain that in an emergency, they are actually equipped to deliver a baby. 

A closeup of Dr. Justin:

Back outside I found another 20-foot container, donated to the clinic by Americare, this one strictly for storage:

And a really self-sufficient clinic would be incomplete without its own medical-waste incinerator:

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This beige edifice, the incinerator, was donated by UNICEF to the MSPP, the Haitian Ministry of Health, who in turn donated it to the clinic.

The women's clinic tour basically over, we beat a slow retreat back to the outpatient clinic as Georgianne, who has her own notes on all this, continued to ask Handy questions, stopping as well to talk to several of the patients sitting in the outpatient waiting area, before we finally said our goodbyes to one of the Handiest guys in Port-au-Prince, Jean "H" Tilbert and headed for the parking lot. It had been inspiring to meet such dedicated people and to know that life for Haiti's women had been made a little better through hands across the ocean working in tandem with the talented hands of local Haitians:

and back out on the crowded and colorful streets of Port-au-Prince:

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