“Update on the Current Condition in Haiti”
Chris Buresh works as an ambassador to Haiti through the Haiti Community Health Initiative (CHI). He specifically continues to invest healthcare resources into the rural community of Arcahaie, Hiati, with 5 medical and 2 surgical trips per year along with a CHI staff of local Haitians who work year around.
The most important aspect of CHI is its ability to provide healthcare in solidarity for the Haitian community in hopes that someday the Haiti will acquire the resources to be self sufficient in their care and perhaps even assist us. Fostering a relationship of support, local education and local community helps CHI most effectively treat patients and provides the framework for Dr. Buresh’s talk on the current condition of local Haitians.
Further Haitian Healthcare Background
Haiti is situated on the Western third of the island of Hispaniola. Of the country’s estimated 10.5 million citizens, 75% are estimated to live below the poverty line, with the majority of the population living on less than $2 per day. Various natural disasters including the earthquake of January 2010 have only worsened the situation. Much of the Haitian population can be diagnosed with deficiencies of iron, vitamin A, iodine, protein, calories, or any combination of these. Overarching malnutrition leads to stunted growth and development in the Haitian population. Infectious diseases including HIV, TB, and lymphatic filariasis, among others, add another layer to the multitude of factors that play into health inequity throughout Haiti.
Dr. Chris Buresh grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. and from the University of Iowa College of Medicine. He did his pediatrics residency at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, followed by an emergency medicine residency back at the University of Iowa. Since then, he has been the assistant residency director in emergency medicine at UI. He has done medical work in India, Peru, and the Dominican Republic, and has been working in Haiti since 2002. Chris lives in Coralville with his wife and 3 kids.
He also serves as the American College of Emergency Medicine Medical Director, Keokuk County Ambulance Service Representative, and State EMS Advisory Council Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine.