ing its own contributions to the evolving strategies to improve health care for the poor. Paul, in his writings, eloquently makes the point that effective treatment with unequal access to care is an injustice. Through our health fairs, patient education programs, immunization campaigns, and training program, we’ve extended Paul’s concept to include not just treatment but also screening, prevention, and primary care. Second, we steadfastly believe that, ultimately, through education, the torch must be passed to Haitian providers.
During the past 10 years, my students and I have made over 100 trips to Haiti. Our project has expanded, and it is still growing today. Yes, we’ve experienced our share of scorching heat, torrential rains, political turmoil, flat tires, and mud holes. We’ve also had total strangers help us change those tires, pull us out of those mud holes, and shelter us from the tribulations that are part of daily life in one of the poorest countries in the world. In the early days, I frequently traveled alone. Now, I never lack for friends and companions. Invariably, the Haitian people have given much more to me—lessons of courage, patience, ingenuity, and mysticism—and countless opportunities to make a difference. More than unlocking the mysteries of Voodoo and the zombies, more than making my students and me better doctors, my experiences have shown me how to live a better life. “Ayiti te mete yon wanga sou mwen!” (“Haiti cast a spell on me!”).