Following their fourth humanitarian mission trip to Yerevan, Armenia last month, Lilit Garibyan, MD, PhD, of the Wellman Center for Photomedicine, and Rox Anderson, MD, director of the Wellman Center, have established two independent medical laser clinics there.
Ten years ago on Jan. 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit the island nation of Haiti, heavily damaging its capital city of Port-au-Prince and surrounding towns. Reports estimate more than 100,000 people were killed and 250,000 homes were left in shambles. In the next two weeks, some 52 aftershocks measuring at 4.5 magnitude and greater continued to ravage the area.
Following the disaster, the MGH immediately coordinated an emergency response effort, assisting employees with ties to Haiti and coordinating nearly 100 staff members to serve as medical volunteers to travel to the country to provide much-needed support. Over the course of the past 10 years, staff members continued – and continue – to return to Haiti to provide clinical care and other assistance.“It’s overwhelming to see such large numbers of people affected – you can feel helpless,” Susan Briggs, MD, a trauma surgeon who was part of the response, said at the time. “You can’t take back their losses, and you can’t do much of anything on your own. But because everyone at Mass General worked together, we could make a difference in Haiti. We gave them hope for the future.”
- May | 17 | 2019
The MGH Center for Global Health (CGH) Office of Global Disaster Response deployed a six-person team on May 8 to support residents affected by Cyclone Kenneth in Cabo Delgado Province, Mozambique.
- Dec | 14 | 2018
Salome Maswime, PhD, MBCHB, has her sights set on becoming a global leader in health care. And through the support of the Discovery Foundation MGH Fellowship Award, the obstetrician/gynecologist at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in South Africa is well on her way to achieving that goal.
- Oct | 19 | 2018
When in distress: Four teams of MGHers have recently deployed to assist in relief efforts following a humanitarian crisis abroad and natural disasters in the U.S. representing the MGH Center for Global Health.