The latest issue of the Ochsner Journal contains several articles on projects old and new that are being undertaken at Ochsner Clinic Foundation to further its mission to serve its patients and community. Dr. Yvens Laborde and medical students of the Ochsner Clinical School have extended this dedication to service through yearly medical missions to our island neighbor Haiti.
Haiti, with the worst health indicators in the Western Hemisphere, has suffered multiple natural disasters and disease outbreaks during the last decade. In 2012, Dr. Laborde, a native of Haiti who is now a medical director and physician at Ochsner, began a humanitarian aid foundation based on self-reliance and sustainability in Mayaya, La Victoire, Haiti. This foundation supports the community there with a clinic, a school, housing for orphans, a well, and agricultural and community projects.
For the last four years, Dr. Laborde has taken trips to Mayaya with medical students from the University of Queensland School of Medicine-Ochsner Clinical School, Ochsner’s partner in medical education, to assist at the local clinic and to provide students with real-life experience of service through medicine.
For details about the service trips to Haiti, read the full account here. For more articles on current innovations, general medical research, and case reports, check out the table of contents of the fall issue.