Haiti medical mission webinar available online

The Brunswick Chapter of the Links Inc., and Southeast Georgia Health System recently sponsored “Medical Links to Haiti,” a seminar on medical and cultural issues affecting Haitians. Presentations from that seminar are now available online via an on demand webinar until April 30.

Medical Links to Haiti is designed to familiarize medical professionals and the community on Haitian issues and provide an opportunity for those qualified to receive continuing education credits. Diane Smith, Ph.D., R.N., Medical Missions Project Coordinator, Helping Hugs Inc., and Mark Hanly, M.D., chief medical officer, Southeastern Pathology Associates and vice chief, Department of Pathology, Southeast Georgia Health System Brunswick Campus, are featured presenters.

“This webinar is a wonderful and educational opportunity for both the community and medical professionals. People who may have missed the Medical Links to Haiti seminar last month can now access Dr. Smith and Dr. Hanly’s presentations from the convenience of their home or on the go. Webinar attendees will come away with a better understanding of the challenges of providing overseas medical relief and learn how they can help,” said Dr. Shirley D. Wilson, FACOG, chief, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Southeast Georgia Health System Brunswick Campus and member of The Brunswick Chapter of the Links Inc.

Presentations include Making a Sustainable Difference in Haiti: Understanding the Needs and the Culture of Haitian People, Outline of Diseases Experienced by the Haitian People and Everything You Need to Know to Travel, Study and Work in Haiti.

Webinar registration and continuing education credit information is available at sghs.org/medical-links-to-haiti, or email marketing@sghs.org for more information.

— The News

Malaria kills more than 700 in East Africa

BUJUMBURA, Burundi — Burundi’s government says malaria has killed more than 700 people across the country so far this year.

The Ministry of Health told reporters Monday that the country is facing a malaria epidemic.

Health Minister Dr. Josiane Nijimbere said the death toll is “worrying” as pregnant women and children under age 5 are the most vulnerable.

Nijimbere said regions in the country’s north and northeast are the most affected and that $31 million is needed to stem the epidemic.

Out of a population of 11 million, over 8 million were sickened by malaria in 2016, according to government figures.

Burundi, which has been wracked by political violence since 2015, also faces food shortages that have left many at risk of starvation.

— Associated Press