Better Health For Haiti ROYALTY Dinner Fundraiser
Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
A ROYALTY Event featuring:
Mrs International US 2000 (Haiti), Joanne Beauvoir Brown
Miss Black New York USA 2014 (Haiti), Diana Sainvil
Miss Haiti International US 2013 (Haiti), Norna Augustave
International Executive Chef Moise P-Air (Haiti) is ready to ROCK your palate!
Hosted by: Miss Port-au-Prince international 2014, Regine Pierre, RN
All Proceeds benefitting the Better Health For Haiti/Pi Bon Sante Pou Ayiti to continue heath education in Haiti.
Your ticket includes Chef prepared meal. Must Be 21+ to Attend. Formal Attire. Doors open at 6:00pm. Dinner serves promptly at 7:00PM. Better Health For Haiti is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.
Advance tickets only. Limited Tickets Available.
You may purchase your tickets at:
R'MONY Restaurant and Lounge
1644 Atlanta Rd SE
When & Where
Regine Pierre, Miss Port-au-Prince International
Several years ago, I spent a week in the town of Hinche on Haiti's remote central plateau as part of a medical mission team sponsored by the Catholic Church of St. Monica in Duluth, Georgia. My job was to make a documentary film about the mission, but the things I saw and recorded with my camera affected me deeply. I had never witnessed poverty on such a level and was appalled and saddened not only by the living conditions of so many there, but also by the needless suffering from preventable and treatable diseases. At the same time, I was inspired by the spirit and culture the Haitian People. I knew I had to get more involved somehow. My first reaction was to regret dropping out as a premed student all those years ago to pursue a career in music. But when I heard the medical director of the mission, Dr. Jim Toth, talk about the lack of health education in Haiti and it's dire results, an idea began forming. My brother Michael, who had spent some years in Africa in the Peace Corps, mentioned how some volunteers had come up with a song about how to treat infantile diarrhea which was subsequently recorded by a popular singer and became a hit on the radio. At that point the idea really took shape and I realized that there was an opportunity to use my particular abilities to help. Michael and I contacted Partners in Health/Zanmi Lasante, the top American organization providing healthcare to the poor in Haiti, with our idea and it was very well received. Partners in Health has been an essential partner in the creation of the videos and much of the informational content has been determined by their experts. PIH has also provided invaluable logistical support for us in terms of transportation and lodging in Haiti. Our first video was on oral hygiene, followed by general hygiene and hand washing, high blood pressure, nutrition, cholera and Malnutrition. Upcoming topics include diabetes, HIV/AIDS and women's health. All completed videos fit on a single, easy-to -distribute DVD. Each video features an original song about the health topic. The videos are currently in use in the waiting areas of hospitals and clinics, plus schools, churches, and orphanages all across Haiti. Even the Haitian national television station in Port-au-Prince has also begun airing the videos daily. The songs have also been distributed on CDs and mp3s and are being played on many Haitian radio stations. Beginning in 2008, we began creating teams of young people in many parts of Haiti to put on health presentations at schools, churches and in public places. The recent devastating earthquake in Port-au-Prince and subsequent cholera epidemic has caused us to shift gears and get involved directly in relief efforts.
Health education is important wherever you live, but in a place like Haiti, it can make the difference between life and death. In Haiti, a very high percentage of children are too poor to attend school and those who can receive very little health education. The results are tragic to say the least. Many examples of the transformative powers of health education come to mind. Diarrhea is a major killer of kids in developing countries all over the world. Hand washing is an excellent way to prevent diarrhea, especially in a place like Haiti where diarrheal diseases are rampant and frequently passed by hand. If we can convince people to wash their hands more frequently through education, we can reduce the incidence of potentially fatal diseases. Likewise, convincing a person to take their high blood pressure seriously can mean a longer, more productive life. Teaching a pregnant mother about her prenatal nutritional needs and also how to best feed her young child to prevent malnutrition can pay enormous dividends for a struggling family, not to mention, reduce child mortality. I recall as we had begun work on our first video on oral hygiene, some people had questioned that choice, suggesting that was a somewhat minor topic for a health video. That is an understandable perspective for an American to have, but those well meaning people had not seen what I had just seen in Haiti. On my first trip to Hinche, I met Marie Lourdes Noel, a young, recently widowed mother. She was suffering from what Dr. Jim Whitney, one of our excellent dentists, described as "the worst infection I have ever seen." Without getting into difficult details, Marie was near death from a oral infection - the result of Haitian dentistry gone horribly wrong, as it so often does. Our dental team was able to extend and improve the quality of her life. Perhaps, if Marie had understood how daily oral hygiene could have prevented her dental problems, her suffering could have been averted. The thing I would like people to keep in mind about Haiti is that every day people are suffering and dying from completely preventable maladies. Health education can play an important role in saving lives in that struggling country.
- Mark Coughlin