Doctors carry an earthquake victim at the Sacre Coeur hospital in Milot, Haiti (Anna Sale/ The Takeaway)

Takeaway producer Anna Sale is on an eight-day trip to rural Haiti with a medical team at a hospital 75 miles north of Port-au-Prince. Her parents are part of the team and Anna is sending dispatches from the trip. While she's there, she is also on the lookout for someone who might make use of her late grandfather's prosthetic arm.

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Can Haitians Trust Their Government to Rebuild?

Friday, March 26, 2010

UN special envoy to Haiti, Bill Clinton, has urged international aid groups to help rebuild Haiti's government yesterday. But as Takeaway producer Anna Sale reports, some Haitians don't think their government should be trusted with the job.

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Rehabilitation in Rural Haiti: Stumbling Through Creole and Hymns in the Earthquake Tent

Thursday, March 25, 2010

I spent an hour or so yesterday learning Creole in one of the tents that house earthquake patients. We went over the basics — "What is your name?" "Where do you live?" "Are you married?" "Do you have any kids?" And of course, there's the key question that usually comes about third in any introduction — when are you leaving? These patients are used to foreigners coming in for a week or two, and knowing how long each one will be around is a vital statistic.

 

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Talking to Haiti's Overstretched Doctors

Thursday, March 25, 2010

After the earthquake, injured Haitians flooded the hospital. Now, some of them are cured, but like the 700,000 other homeless Haitians, they have nowhere to go. So they turn to their doctors for help, adding to the overstretched workload of the medical staff.

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    Rehabilitation in Rural Haiti: Everyday Miracles and Frustrating Setbacks

    Tuesday, March 23, 2010

    With two full days down, I continue to be struck by the incredible mix of everyday miracles and frustrating setbacks here.

    On Sunday, I watched an airlift transfer of an earthquake victim who is paralyzed from the waist down. Her name is Marilynn. She's 32 years old and has three daughters. This was her fourth trip on a helicopter since the earthquake, she told me. This latest transport would take her from the hospital in Milot, where she had surgery last week to stabilize her spine, to a spinal cord clinic that's opened in a town about 10 miles away. The road, though, was too rugged to keep her healing back immobile en route, so she took the trip in by air.

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    Navigating the Bureaucracy in Post-Earthquake Haiti

    Tuesday, March 23, 2010

    On Monday, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush visited Haiti. All this week, Takeaway producer Anna Sale is also in the country, but at a rural hospital 75 miles away from Port-au-Prince. Today, she reports on the journey of 17-year-old Joseph Maxon, who spent his day navigating through Haiti's bureaucracy in search of a birth certificate.

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    In Milot, Haiti, Faith Stays Strong

    Monday, March 22, 2010

    Takeaway Producer Anna Sale is in Haiti on a medical mission, and sending reports back to us - her most recent email sent these photos and song. As Anna described them:

    Pictures and sound from the Catholic church service in Milot. Everyone was dressed to the nines and every bench in the huge, domed church was full.


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    Traveling with a Medical Mission in Haiti

    Monday, March 22, 2010

    Takeaway producer Anna Sale is accompanying a medical mission in Haiti. At a hospital in Milot, 75 miles north of Port-au-Prince, many of the injured have been transferred from the capital. For some of the patients there, the biggest fear comes at the prospect of leaving.

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        Rehabilitation in Rural Haiti: Dreading Discharge

        Sunday, March 21, 2010

        We arrived Saturday afternoon on a charter flight to the north Haitian town of Cap-Haitien – after a stopover on a Bahamian island, because it's difficult to get gas in Haiti. The airport was bustling, filled with aid workers coming and going on top of the already steady flow of local traffic. A guard stood in the lobby to manage the crowds, it took a minute before I realized the flag on his shoulder wasn't the Haitian flag. It was from Jordan. He's here on a UN Security mission to maintain airport security – just the first of many signs of the continuing international presence here.

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        Rehabilitation in Rural Haiti: Traveling with a Medical Team and My Grandpa's Hook

        Friday, March 19, 2010

        On most days, I work with The Takeaway's dayside production team, but today I'm leaving on an eight-day trip to rural Haiti. I'm traveling with a medical team to Hôpital Sacré Coeur in Milot, a town about 75 miles north of Port-au-Prince. Doctors, nurses, and rehab therapists from across the country will spend the week there, joining the effort that local staff and foreign volunteers have sustained at a breakneck pace for more than nine weeks now.

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