AMDA Prosthetic Project/Sports Project in Haiti
AMDA-Haiti Prosthetic Project
AMDA has finally launched its next phase of the project in Haiti after the devastating earthquake in January. AMDA’s coordinator from its headquarters made a two-week trip to Haiti from 15th of May 2010 and visited many local hospital (Gonaives-General Hospital, St. Marc-Nicolas Hospital, Leogane-St. Croix Hospital, Port au Prince- General Hospital and Hospital Espoir), government offices and international NGOs in view of seeking collaboration and assistance for the project.
AMDA has decided to establish a prosthetic laboratory at the Gheskio Hospital in Port au Prince and place its own prosthetic technician to work on the project. Initially the Japanese prosthetic technician will produce and provide prosthesis to 30-50 patients if possible. He will be supported by the local hospital staff if necessary and will be working in collaboration with the orthopedic department of the hospital which is headed by Dr. Hans Larsen. Dr. Larsen is well regarded in the community for his work and he is the president of Orthopedic Association of Haiti.
AMDA’s prosthetic technician will also work at Hospital Espoire in Port au Prince once a week in collaboration with the Orthopedic Doctor of Humedica (a Germen medical INGO). Initial steps to set up the laboratory have already been taken by the technician and soon the machinery and components for the laboratory will arrive in Haiti.
AMDA Sports Project in Haiti
It is also a desire of the president of AMDA to conduct a friendly soccer/ baseball practice match in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) between junior high school students from Haiti, Dominican Republic and Japan. The event will be held in August and will give a great opportunity to children from three countries to meet, interact and exchange information and ideas. This will be a great opportunity for the youngsters and sure to be a highlight in their struggling life in Haiti.
AMDA will support 16 Haitian students who are financially disadvantaged, two soccer coaches and a coordinator and organize their travel to Dominican Republic. Beside a meeting/ training session held for the selected students and their parents, AMDA provided the participating students a pair of soccer shoes each and will also provide food and drinks during the upcoming weekly trainings.