Canadian Medical Teams Helping Out in Haiti

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Team Broken Earth to Host 3rd Orthopaedic Trauma Symposium in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

ST. JOHN’S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR and PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI (May 15, 2017)—Team Broken Earth will undertake its third Orthopaedic Trauma Symposium in Port-au-Prince, Haiti this week.  The Pan-Canadian Medical Team, led by Dr. Andrew Furey, founder of Team Broken Earth, will head to the region on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 with the Symposium taking place on May 18 and 19.   About 60 Medical Residents and Staff Physicians are expected to take part from four Port-au-Prince hospitals:  l’Hôpital de l’Université d’État d’Haïti (HUEH); Hôpital Université de la Paix; Hôpital Justinien; and, Hôpital Bernard Mevs.

“Team Broken Earth, through its over 1,000 volunteers across Canada and the United States, continues to have far-reaching effects on the lives of people in Haiti,” said Dr. Andrew Furey.  “We have had a sustained medical relief effort in the country since the devastating earthquake in 2010, and it remains the core of our organization’s efforts.”  Team Broken Earth has now expanded around the globe to also bring support to Nicaragua, Guatemala, Nepal and Bangladesh. 

The Symposium is intended to upgrade knowledge and skills for those practicing orthopaedic trauma care, including treatment of upper and lower extremity injuries.  It will also focus on immediate care of injured patients with extremity injuries. The Symposium is funded through an educational grant from DePuy Synthes, part of Johnson and Johnson Medical Products.  Team Broken Earth also acknowledged l’Hôpital Bernard Mevs/Project Medishare for facilitation of the Symposium and delivery of equipment in Haiti.

Canadian Ambassador to Haiti, Paula Caldwell St-Onge, will officially open the Symposium on May 18.  During this mission, Haitian President Jovenel Moïse and Prime Minister Dr. Jack Guy Lafontant are expected to extend a thank you to the organization for all it has done for the people of Haiti.  A delegation from Canada’s Senate will also observe the Symposium on May 19.

“We are humbled by the many thanks we receive for our efforts,” said Dr. Furey.  “For us it’s about changing someone’s world for the better, and giving them hope to carry on, care for others and provide leadership in very difficult times.”

The May 2017 Mission Team includes:
Dr. Chad Coles (NS)
Dr. Andrew Furey (Lead) (NL)
Dr. Stephen Hunt (AB)
Dr. Robert Leighton (NB)
Dr. Ross Leighton (NS)
Erin Marshall (NL)
Dr. Rod Martin (NL)
Karen McCarthy (NL)
Kurt Misik (NL)
Dr. Steve Papp (ON)
Dr. Brad Petrisor (ON)
Dr. Arthur Rideout (NL)
Dr. Prism Schneider (AB)

Broken Earth owes a debt of gratitude to its many sponsors and supporters, as well as Dr. Joanna Cherry, Chief Medical Officer, Hôpital Bernard Mevs, for her on-the-ground support in Port-au-Prince.

About Team Broken Earth

Team Broken Earth is a volunteer task force composed of physicians, nurses, and other health professionals from across Canada and the United States committed to delivering and improving healthcare in impoverished nations.

The team was initially assembled to support the relief effort in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake that left the people of Haiti in dire need of medical assistance. From this extensive frontline experience, Team Broken Earth determined that the people of Haiti needed a sustained medical relief effort to help rebuild the country’s healthcare system and create sustainability through education of Haitian people and health care professionals. Our teams treat patients, providing acute care to the people of Haiti, but also work with Haitian medical professionals to train and upskill them in best practices, and educate the Haitian people on matters of public health.  The model used in Haiti has been extended to other nations in need as Team Broken Earth expands its mission footprint.

Many members of our team volunteer their vacation time to join our effort.  Team Broken Earth is in Haiti to make a difference… for as long as it takes.

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Media contact:

Karen McCarthy, 709-725-6419,

Heather Dalton, 709-746-7197,

Got a raging dance fever? There’s only one cure…

It’s a dance party! Join Team Broken Earth members past and present as we tear up the dance floor in honour of all our volunteers!  The action is all going down on Saturday, February 4th at Clovelly Golf Club.

Our own plastic surgeon, Dr. Donny Fitzpatrick, will be blowing your mind as he rocks it with The Sweet Carolyn’s from 8:30 to 9:30 pm! Then prepare to be nursed back to awesomeness with DJ Walter O’Brien! Walter is an emergency room nurse so he knows all about keeping energy up to the wee hours!

This is the prescription to help cure those winter blues! There will be a cash bar and hot and cold hors d’oeuvres served throughout the night. Tickets are $25 each and doors open at 7:30 pm. See you all there!

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Team Broken Earth’s Rock Op for Haiti

Team Broken Earth’s Rock Op for Haiti is one of the TOP events of the year. Where else can you taste the talents of the very best restaurants in the city? PLUS get to hear some amazing live music while also being able to bid in an auction of awesome artwork, trips, jewelry and more. This all comes together in ONE NIGHT! It’s Team Broken Earth’s annual Rock Op for Haiti! All previous events have SOLD OUT so get your tickets ASAP! All proceeds go towards our medical missions in Haiti, Bangladesh, Nicaragua and more. Think of all you get while giving so much more! It’s the Rock Op for Haiti and it’s guaranteed to be a night to remember!

Widespread Destruction in Haiti Caused by Hurricane Matthew

October 4th, 2016, Haiti has dealt another devastating blow. Hurricane Matthew, a massive category four storm, has destroyed fragile infrastructure throughout Haiti, including a bridge collapse that isolated the capital from the southern region. There’s been severe flooding in coastal areas and a loss of life.  And now the country is now bracing for a potential outbreak of disease caused by the resulting poor sanitary conditions.

The aftermath is sure to be heartbreaking. Haiti still struggles to recover from the 2010 earthquake that killed hundreds of thousands of people.  Over 50,000 people in Haiti live in makeshift homes and tents. Healthcare professionals continue to treat diseases like Cholera. 80% of the rural population lives in poverty and the World Bank calls Haiti “the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.”

Team Broken Earth is committed to getting a team on the ground as quickly as possible to provide the medical relief needed.  Dr. Andrew Furey, CEO of Team Broken Earth, has watched the storm with a heavy heart saying “we have so many partners, colleagues and friends on the ground in Haiti.  We have seen so much progress.  It is almost impossible to think about what a set back this will be for the country and its people.”

The hurricane is bound to make a bad situation in Haiti even worse. “So many people have no shelter against this and, in some cases, had no way of knowing how bad it would be,” Dr. Furey adds, “we all need to pull together and do what we can as soon as we can.” Relief efforts are already rallying, including Team Broken Earth, determined to be proactive in response to what guarantees to be yet another punch for a place that’s already been hit enough.

Your help and support is badly needed.  Please donate now to help team Broken Earth’s continuing medical relief effort in Haiti.

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