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Rising junior Sarah Hartman (A13) and her father Dr. Lester Hartman were the subjects of a father’s day feature on Thrive, Children’s Hospital Boston’s pediatric health blog. In an extreme version of “take your daughter to work day,” Dr. Hartman invited Sarah to spend a spring break with him in Cambodia, helping survivors of land mines. This experience, and additional service trips to Haiti, spurred in Sarah an interest in public health and medicine.
From a relatively early age our dad wanted us to see first hand what other parts of the world were like and what people who lived there had to deal with on a daily basis,” says Sarah. “He set a real example for me in wanting to reach out to help people and learn more about global health in the process.”
Tufts students Marie-Gabrielle Isidore (A’11) and Chad Gordon (A’11) started the organization BrandHaiti — a “student driven non-profit marketing organization that seeks to debunk Haiti’s negative branding” — as a reaction to the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti last fall.
A recent entry on the BrandHaiti blog penned by Mari-Gabrielle reads:
When we first started developing BrandHaiti last summer, my mentor, Philipp said something so simple yet so profound: “The newspapers and reports are always negative with regards to Haiti; we need to champion the heroes of Haiti…the average people who day and day out try to live dignified lives under extreme circumstances. BrandHaiti must provide an alternative narrative that will help Haiti grow and attract new investors to change the lives of ordinary Haitians.” This became the core mission of BrandHaiti and continues to ring true for our development.
The organization is hosting its “Rebranding Haiti” symposium this Saturday, Feb. 12.
Thomas “T.” Bennett, a third-year student at Tufts School of Medicine, spent this past holiday season in Haiti. Concerned about the dangerous effects of the devastating 7.0 earthquake that struck the country a year ago, Bennett decided to dedicate his vacation from school to teach seminars on cholera prevention to young people. He also spent time with orphans, helping to organize educational projects and celebrate the holiday season.
In August of 2009, Tufts School of Dental Medicine sent 19 volunteers on a humanitarian trip to Haiti. A collection of Tufts’ reaction to the tragedy in Haiti can be found here.
In August 2009, School of Dental Medicine Clinical Associate Professor Aidee Herman led a group of 19 volunteers on a humanitarian trip to Haiti for the Institute of Human and Community Development. The volunteers provided dental care for 900 patients, including the the mayor of Port-Au-Prince, Jean-Yves Jason. Watch a photo slideshow from the mission:
Dr. Herman’s upcoming trip will be the third time she’s led a group to Haiti. She went in August 2008, August 2009, and this school year, she will go during March 2011.