“I left Villanova with an open mind and a hope that I might make a difference in some way. I came back to Villanova a week later with seven new best friends and a fresh view of the world and the role I want to have in it,” explained senior nursing student Elizabeth Leddy. She and seven alternate sequence students travelled to the Dominican Republic this past spring as part of their pediatric clinical rotation. In her third year Visiting Clinical Instructor Kathryn Reynolds ’79 BSN, MSN, CRNP,RN along with fellow alumna Lyndsy Wittmer ’12 MSN, CRNP accompanied the students on to their week-long trip to the bateyes in Quisqueya.
Medicines for Humanity (MFH), a nonprofit group “dedicated to saving the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children,” provides health promotion and assessments to care for the people in this southeastern region of the country. The Daughters of Charity, their project partner in Quisqueya, is comprised of over 19,000 women in more than 90 countries who serve the poor and marginalized through healthcare and social services. Prior to their collaboration with MFH and the addition of a mobile clinic, almost none of the Haitians living in the batey communities had access to care. With visits twice a month to each batey, the mobile clinic utilizes trained health care providers including doctors, nurses and pharmacists to provide basic healthcare. Through their efforts, no child has died from malnutrition in the bateyes this past year.