Local & State
|To Haiti with love: Local mission aims to make sick children well|
|Pediatricianís annual trip is an assignment of mercy|
|Published Wednesday, March 13, 2019 3:21 am|
|COURTESY DR. NIKITA LINDSAY|
|Dr. Nikita Lindsay, right, examines a patient during a previous mission to Haiti.|
FORT MILL, S.C. – For one week a year, Dr. Nikita Lindsay’s mission is to improve the lives of Haiti’s children.
On March 22, Lindsay, a pediatrician at Rock Hill Pediatric Associates, will take off on her 12th medical mission to Port-au-Prince with Haiti Outreach Ministries. Lindsay will be traveling with eight other missionaries, including her mother, to treat children in the poorest part of the capital city, Cite` Soleil.
“I started because I felt I needed to help the children of Port-au-Prince. In the beginning, there wasn’t a lot of pediatric care. There was a lot of adult care, but nothing specific for children. Children are not little adults. They needed their own care.”
“Please understand that medical care for most Haitians is a luxury.” Lindsay said. “I truly believe that each year I return is a blessing to me and reinforces my love for children and medicine.”
Lindsay, a Rocky Mount native who earned her undergraduate degree at Winston-Salem State University, treats the sickest children during missions. Unlike in America’s health care system, preventative medicine is a luxury in Haiti.
“We don’t necessarily, like we do in the United States, have a well visit where I see them every year, they’re healthy and we make sure they’re healthy,” she said. “When I see them in Port-au-Prince, it’s usually a sick visit – they initially had worms, or because they were malnourished, or a newborn. In the years I’ve seen kids consecutively, it’s just really a blessing to see they’ve grown up and they’ve become young adults because the mortality rate in Haiti is very high and also accidents and trauma that happen to children.
While Haiti has struggled with poor health conditions for decades, the healthcare system was further debilitated after the 2010 earthquake killed thousands. Haiti, the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, has a severe shortage of health care providers, leaving its people to rely on visiting non-governmental organizations like Haiti Outreach Ministries and church medical teams.
Lindsay’s mission is self-funded by her team, which relies on sponsors like her sorority, Zeta Phi Beta, and private donations.
“Over time, I’ve built long-term friendships that I want to go back and see those friends every year,” she said, and I feel like we still make a difference when we go in from year to year with child care and I see the same kid year after year, and that’s rewarding.”
Lindsay, who has been at Rock Hill Pediatric Associates for 15 years, has led a medical mission team to Port au Prince Haiti since 2007 and treated more than 5,000 patients.
To contribute to Lindsay’s mission to Haiti:
For information on Haiti Outreach Ministries:
|Hello guys i do love what you are still doing in the comunity of Haiti for that i need to provide my help through this organization next time you go to Haiti. when i was in Haiti i saw how good you treated the people there with love cause i was a translator there specially i worked with Nikita's team so i know everything.the reason i need to give my help is because first im Haitian that means i have the royalty fee towards Haiti second i like helping.|
|Posted on March 17, 2019|
|God bless her and those she helps.|
|Posted on March 14, 2019|
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