Global Health Neurology Program - Veronica's Story
Our arrival in Haiti was heralded by soulful Caribbean tunes as we walked off the jetway, before careening through the bustling streets of loose rock roads. Our nurse conversed with our driver in creole and we listened to decipher what words we could, but the bustling streets instead consumed our attention.
Veronica Santini's Story
The Department of Neurology has also partnered with the St. Luke Foundation and neurologists nationwide to provide a continuous neurologic presence in Port au Prince, Haiti. There is a tremendous need for neurologic care in Haiti with only two Haitian neurologists serving a country of 10 million people. This need only worsened after the devastating earthquake in 2010. With an extreme shortage of neurologists, patients with epilepsy, spinal cord difficulties, stroke, and many other conditions go undiagnosed and untreated. In addition to providing desperately needed neurologic care to the Haitian people, trainees and attending physicians gain exposure to a wide range of pathologies rarely seen in the U.S. and advance their clinical acumen with reliance on history and physical exam findings.