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"Homeward bound" Continued...

Issue: "Tour d'America," June 18, 2011

Bernard talks with patients who rarely see a doctor about the importance of seeking care for serious symptoms, and helps parents understand how to monitor children's health. He says Haitian physicians have a distinct advantage, and he works hard to train local doctors and nurses. (Bernard's three children all work as doctors in Haiti.) "I know the area very well," he says. "I know the people also."

Brevil-who worked with Bernard during her summer internship-says she hopes to educate Haitians on nutritional issues that could improve their health. She says in the countryside some Haitians grow vegetables but sell them at market and buy unhealthy food. "They're exchanging the good stuff for bad," she says. "They have problems they could prevent if they only knew how."

Like other students in the program, Saint-Ange hopes that he can help solve and prevent problems in Haiti when he returns. He looks forward to reuniting with his family, friends, and church, and he's eager to work with them: "I miss them, and I feel that if together we could create something for Haiti, it would be very, very good."

Jamie Dean
Jamie Dean

Jamie lives and works in North Carolina, where she covers the national political beat and other topics as news editor for WORLD. Follow Jamie on Twitter @deanworldmag.

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