[From 500ways.org] BD Volunteer Service Trip to Haiti

[From 500ways.org] BD Volunteer Service Trip to Haiti

BD’s Volunteer Service Trip (VST) Program, celebrating 10 years in 2015, sends teams of BD associates (employees) to developing countries to help build local healthcare capacity through training, education, health, laboratory services and construction.

BD began planning its fifth VST after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. BD partnered with the NGO Heart-to-Heart International (HHI) to support their efforts to improve the already-fragile healthcare system. Together they designed a three year program to leverage the medical expertise of BD associates with the in-country knowledge of HHI’s staff that would improve healthcare for Haitians in the remote Southeast Region of Haiti.

The common goal of the BD/HHI partnership was to transform disaster response into a community development plan to “build back better” healthcare for Haitians. They aimed to find long-term solutions instead of simply to recover what had once existed. Both organizations shared the same goals in recognizing the need to support the Haitian population at the community level through advanced job training, provision of medical and laboratory services, and partnering on design/build projects.

The government of Haiti identified the mountainous region of Southeast Haiti as a neglected area in need of assistance from more organizations. Thus, BD decided to send volunteers to work primarily in these underserved, remote mountain villages. HHI initially requested medical volunteers and financial assistance to remodel outbuildings and purchase a heavy-duty vehicle for navigating mountain passes. Later, laboratory training and non-medical construction were added to the agenda.

This work continues today, and as of 2014, more than 40 BD associates have had the opportunity to hone their skills, learn new ones, and make a real difference in Haiti following this devastating event. BD associates come back and share with their colleagues about their experience, thus inspiring more volunteers to join the VST Program of BD.
BD’s Volunteer Service Trip (VST) Program, celebrating 10 years in 2015, sends teams of BD associates (employees) to developing countries to help build local healthcare capacity through training, education, health, laboratory services and construction.

BD began planning its fifth VST after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. BD partnered with the NGO Heart-to-Heart International (HHI) to support their efforts to improve the already-fragile healthcare system. Together they designed a three year program to leverage the medical expertise of BD associates with the in-country knowledge of HHI’s staff that would improve healthcare for Haitians in the remote Southeast Region of Haiti.

The common goal of the BD/HHI partnership was to transform disaster response into a community development plan to “build back better” healthcare for Haitians. They aimed to find long-term solutions instead of simply to recover what had once existed. Both organizations shared the same goals in recognizing the need to support the Haitian population at the community level through advanced job training, provision of medical and laboratory services, and partnering on design/build projects.

The government of Haiti identified the mountainous region of Southeast Haiti as a neglected area in need of assistance from more organizations. Thus, BD decided to send volunteers to work primarily in these underserved, remote mountain villages. HHI initially requested medical volunteers and financial assistance to remodel outbuildings and purchase a heavy-duty vehicle for navigating mountain passes. Later, laboratory training and non-medical construction were added to the agenda.

This work continues today, and as of 2014, more than 40 BD associates have had the opportunity to hone their skills, learn new ones, and make a real difference in Haiti following this devastating event. BD associates come back and share with their colleagues about their experience, thus inspiring more volunteers to join the VST Program of BD.