Dr. Shu and Dr. Doug Stein of Tampa, FL, both share a passion for promoting and providing No-Scalpel Vasectomy (NSV) services worldwide. Dr. Shu joined the international Haiti medical mission team in July 2015.
Thanks to the opening of the expanded runway at the Cap Haitien Airport, there is now jet service to Northern Haiti from Miami. The vasectomy team served three locations: the Uls Sante Clinic in Ft. Bourgeois, the town of Plaisance, and the Ft. St. Michel Health Center in Cap Haitien. About 90 vasectomies were performed.
The Haiti mission proved much more challenging than the Philippines mission due to Haiti’s poor economy with high unemployment rates, poor public infrastructure, and an underdeveloped health care system.
NSVI established a domestic program in Northern Haiti similar to the one established in the Philippines. The Haitian government has made family planning a national priority and should be very receptive to the help offered by NSVI. This mission (1) provided more hands-on training for local doctors, (2) provided more instruments and supplies for local doctors to perform vasectomies, and (3) fine-tuned the logistics for ongoing financial support of the Domestic Vasectomy Program in Haiti.
Please feel free to steer a few of your philanthropic dollars toward NSVI. You probably already gave to other organizations with top-heavy administrations who are strangers to you. What better gesture is there than to donate $45 to help a poor Haitian man to (1) reduce his overhead, (2) reduce risking his partner of another unintended pregnancy, (3) more successfully nurture fewer children, and (4) reduce overcrowding in a small country whose environment has already been stripped of many resources by a population of over 10,000,000.