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posted 11/09/2015

A physician turns to fiction to show how demanding caring for a loved one in the period before death can be, and how difficult it is to infuse the process with dignity.

posted 04/08/2013

Haiti is like a mix-master for our emotions. We are thrilled to be here and feel we helped make this camp possible and so potentially transformative for these kids. But no matter what we do, the kid’s diabetes control is still so incredibly poor.

posted 04/04/2013

In many ways, diabetic children in Haiti seem just like other children around the world facing this disease. Then, they talk about not being able to get to the doctor, or not having all the medicine they need, and they distinguish themselves as being different from most others across the globe.

posted 04/03/2013

When the 43 campers first arrived, they sat patiently in their chairs for over 45 minutes while we assessed their diabetes and overall status. It was boring, but not one of them complained.

posted 02/15/2012

"We have left Haiti, but in many ways Haiti has not left us." A diabetes expert reflects on her medical mission to the still-recovering country.

posted 02/14/2012

For diabetic children, diabetes camp can be a place to play and learn more about their disease. But what if the camp is in earthquake-ravaged Haiti? An American diabetes specialist describes what it's like.

posted 02/13/2012

An American doctor visiting Haiti on a medical mission assesses diabetes care in the still-ravaged country. 

posted 02/28/2011

Our final full day in Haiti is today. We went to the mountains with two board members of FHADIMAC, and from a high perch, the city of Port-au-Prince below looked like paradise.  But as we descended the mountain, winding out of our way and close to the edge to avoid debris, reality came back to us.

posted 02/28/2011

There was a 20-year-old man. He was like a skeleton and breathing like a chimney. He looked chronically ill. He was seen two weeks ago and given insulin. However the nuns in the orphanage where he lives didn't give it to him because they feel he has TB not diabetes.

posted 02/26/2011

Today I lectured at the medical school. It is on a hill in a UNICEF tent. It was over 100 degrees in the "test classroom" while I was lecturing. The students took handwritten notes and copied down every word I said.

Francine Kaufman, M.D. 's Blog

A physician turns to fiction to show how demanding caring for a loved one in the period before... more »
posted 11/09/15
Haiti is like a mix-master for our emotions. We are thrilled to be here and feel we helped make... more »
posted 04/08/13
In many ways, diabetic children in Haiti seem just like other children around the world facing... more »
posted 04/04/13