School Of Pharmacy Students To Experience Global Health Initiatives In Haiti Over Spring Break

Haiti 1This spring, several student pharmacists will be participating in a hands-on experience in global health through partnership with The Espwa Foundation, a non-profit organization with a sustainable and empowering mission dedicated to serving individuals in Cap Haitien, Haiti.

The Perspectives in Global Health elective course has been offered since Spring 2016, offering fifth-year pharmacy students the opportunity to learn about issues relevant within the global health landscape, including infectious disease, culture and ethics, international drug discovery, poverty and international aid. For the first time this spring, a section of the course is being offered in conjunction with a Spring Break-Away to Cap Haitien.

Haiti 2Assistant Professors Dr. Jordan Covvey and Dr. Kevin Tidgewell are co-organizers of the Spring Break-Away trip. The elective course additionally includes Associate Professors Dr. Anthony Guarascio and Dr. Lauren O'Donnell as instructors. This trip will provide student pharmacists with an opportunity to work with The Espwa Foundation and local initiatives in Cap Haitien to further health and capacity strengthening. "Students are tentatively planned to interact with local clinics and healthcare facilities (St Anthony's Medical Clinic and the New Hope Hospital) to implement sustainable initiatives in coordination with local physicians Dr. Eugene Maklin and Dr. Rodlin [RoRo] Paul," says Covvey.

Student pharmacists who will participate in the trip this year are Briana Schreckengost, Tom Handerhan, Kelly Mazzei, Tess Calcagno, Allison Kachel and Nathan Gartland. Drs. Covvey and Tidgewell, as well as Christopher Pfeiffer, Executive Director of The Espwa Foundation, will join them.

All of the student organizations of Duquesne University School of Pharmacy worked together during the fall semester to raise $600 for a charitable donation to The Espwa Foundation. The money will fund trip efforts and activities, as well as empowerment of the people of Haiti.  The donation was presented to Dean J. Douglas Bricker during annual reception for student organization leaders that the Dean hosts in his home.

"This is the second year running that student leaders have made a Christmas donation to The Eswpa Foundation and their work in Haiti. I cannot express enough the generosity of this gift and how thankful we are for the support it will provide to this initiative," says Covvey.

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