Recent graduate Andrew Lioi ('17) had the opportunity to participate in a physical therapy service trip to Haiti. Below, he gives his perspective on the experience:
"I worked through the nonprofit organization STAND4Haiti, an organization that sets up a clinic in Port-du-Paix, Haiti, three times per year. The clinic offers free medical care to this underserved community.
I traveled with 26 other Americans, the majority of whom were physical therapists. We also had 14 Haitian translators, two nurse practitioners, two support staff and four orthotists/prosthetists to help with equipment.
We were able to treat patients with different disorders and musculoskeletal impairments including providing durable medical equipment, medication and just simple necessities such as shoes. We were also able to provide health education to this community.
By far the part that impacted me most was how much the patients appreciated any services they received. Many of the residents there have almost nothing, even to the point that some of the patients traveled hours just to receive a little bit of treatment because it was the best care they were able to get.
It was an impactful experience and I was glad represent OHIO PT as an alumnus in another country."
For more information, visit www.standhaitiproject.org.