Global Health Teams History

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Since 1985, Global Health Teams has a rich history providing quality medical services in Haiti and throughout the world.


April 2018 We Changed Our Name to Global Health Teams

We changed our name to Global Health Teams (GHT) from Seattle-King County Disaster Team (SKCDT).  Although our history is in emergency response and disaster medicine, the name Global Health Teams encompasses the work we do now: providing compassionate, quality healthcare to people in need.

February 2018 Training on Diabetes and Hemoglobinopathy Diagnostic Testing

We offered training for physicians and other healthcare providers in Jérémie on using hemoglobin A1c for monitoring diabetes.  In addition, we presented information on advanced testing for diseases like sickle cell disease.

2017 Lab Reference Testing Services for the Grand’Anse

These services brought advanced testing for hemoglobin disorders, such as sickle cell disease. Before, these tests were only available in Port au Prince and not accessible locally. We also provide education to local healthcare providers on how to use those results for better patient care.

2017 Clinics in Abricots

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Josee Fauteux, MT

2017 Publication of First Haitian Hematology Reference Range Study

This is the first such study based on Haitian subjects which was published in the American Society of Clinical Pathology journal Laboratory Medicine.

October 2016 Hurricane Matthew Support

Provided support after Hurricane Matthew at Hôpital Saint-Antoine in Jérémie and clinics throughout the Grand’Anse.

History Global Health Teams - Haiti Medical Volunteer

January 2015 Training on Grand’Anse Sexually Transmitted Infection Studies

We presented training sessions on the Grand’Anse men’s and women’s sexually transmitted infection studies. This training was for physicians and other healthcare providers at Hôpital Saint-Antoine in Jérémie.

2015 Study on the Epidemiology of Sexually Transmitted Infections in Haitian Men

Epidemiology of sexually transmitted infections in Haitian Men was published in the journal International Journal of STD and AIDS. This study is the first one ever done to evaluate STIs in Haitian men.

History Global Health Teams - Haiti Medical Volunteer
(L) Lori Van Slyke, LICSW, Medical Team Coordinator with (Middle) Antonio Magloire

2014 Castillon Clinic

History Global Health Teams - Haiti Medical Volunteer
Alexander Ritchie, PA-C

January 2014 Training on Diagnostic Hematology

GHT volunteers installed an automated hematology analyzer at the Haitian Health Foundation. In addition to training the lab staff on operating and maintaining the equipment, we also trained local healthcare staff on the information generated by the new analyzer. This information helps them to better diagnose anemia and other blood disorders.

History Global Health Teams - Haiti Medical Volunteer
(L) Myrlande Jean, (Middle) Maurice Lybert, (R) Bob Downey

2014 Study on Epidemiology of Sexually Transmitted Infections in Haitian Women

Our women’s STI study was published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.  This study is significant because it was the only Haitian study to incorporate molecular testing for Trichomonas vaginalis and Mycoplasma genitalium and how it is the first STI study in the Grand’Anse.  Most importantly, because of how we shared our findings with others in the province, the information obtained from this study greatly improved care for women in the area.

October 2013 Training on Palliative Medicine and End of Life Issues

We offered training sessions for local physicians and nurses in Jérémie on care for patients who are at the end of their life.

History Global Health Teams - Haiti Medical Volunteer
(L) Terri Schmidt, MD, MS; (R) Donna Hammar, FNP

October 2011 Emergency Care and First Aid Training

Training sessions on emergency care and first aid were held in Jérémie for physicians, nurses and health agents from across the Grand’Anse province.  These sessions were presented by GHT physicians and nurses.

2010 Haiti Earthquake Response

We provided medical care in the Grand’Anse province after the devastating 2010 earthquake. Although there was not much damage in the province, many people fled to the area because of the destruction in Port-au-Prince. Because of the influx of many people to the area, local resources were severely strained. Learn about the experience of one of our volunteers when we responded after the 2010 earthquake. 

2010 American Samoa

Team sent to American Samoa to provide H1N1 influenza vaccinations to hundreds of people.