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Djailcovsky Aimable, AV
I was born in Ranquitte, about a 2 hour drive south of Cap Haitien. I went to primary school in Lavictoire, a village near Ranquitte, and went to secondary school in Cap Haitien. I am graduating from Faculte de Droit Des Sciences Economiques et de Gestion du Cap Haitien with a degree in law. I have worked with many NGOs from the United States doing translations with medical teams in the area. I have helped organize trips for Help Brings Hope for Haiti, Mission Portal Delcielo (a Baptist Mission based in Puerto Rico working in Ranquitte that builds schools and provides food and clothes to poor people), as well as several parishes in the north and northeast provinces. I love working for the Cap Haitien Health Network as a volunteer because I understand that it is a non-profit organization that does a good job distributing supplies to different clinics and seeking new ways to help people in Haiti.

Ted Kaplan, MD, Founder and Director, and Elisabeth Kaplan, LPN, Co-founder
We first visited Cap Haitien in April 2008 and were shown some of the projects and organizations working in the area. We noted that the projects did not seem to know what the others were doing, or even that they existed, and saw many situations where one project had solutions or resources that could help the others. Some linkages naturally followed, and it was apparent that this was a way where we could make an impact on the terrible problems we were seeing.

We went back to our home in Florida and began an ongoing email networking effort. The first live meeting of the new Cap Haitien Health Network was held at Hotel Christophe June 2008 with 8 other attendees besides our family. We also held mobile clinics in the not-as-yet opened St. Anthony's clinic and at the new Haiti Hospital Appeal clinic. From this we developed Projet Dokte Chak Semenn, a plan to work with The Haiti Mission and our new friend Dr. Eugene to hire Haitian doctors to attend weekly at St. Anthony's and other clinics that did not have or could not afford to hire a full time doctor. We have returned 2-3 times per year to bring teams of medical volunteers to do mobile clinics in the areas that receive the least attention and work towards each of these sites getting their own ongoing care providers. The Network was called on to assist in the coordination of efforts to deal with the aftermath of the earthquake, at which time Elisabeth came with our infant son and spent 3 months forwarding the cause of coordinating aid responses and new opportunities to receive donated meds and supplies. Later in the year, the Network was again vital in coordinating response to the ongoing cholera crisis. Now CHHN includes over 60 organizations, and has now held 9 meetings which routinely are attended by over 50 members. In 2010, we achieved the dream of having a permanent ongoing presence to continue Elisabeth's successful mission of much needed coordination work every day. Thus the Network Support Team was born.

We live in the Orlando, Florida area, where Ted is a pediatrician and Elisabeth a nurse and now stay-at-home mom to 2 young Haitian-American children.

Eugene Maklin, MD, Network Physician

Julian Malinak, MPH, Team Leader
I am excited to be working with the team starting in May 2011 through the end of the year.  I became interested in Haiti as I learned more about its history and unique health sector.  After visiting Cap Haitien, I knew I had to come down here, and thought about how.  I am particularly interested in exploring the relationship between non-governmental organizations and the public sector and looking at ways to empower Haitians to run their health system.  I look forward to learning from all our member organizations.   Originally from Kalispell, Montana, I studied Humanities at Yale College and Health Policy at the Yale School of Public Health.  After a summer in the health care practice of McKinsey & Company, I will be returning to work in the health, public, and social sectors in Washington, DC.

Juline Mauricette, Network Liaison

Hi my name is Juline Mauricette. I have been working with the network since June of last year and I enjoy of helping people with medications and distribution of cholera supplies to the clinics. I love working with all of our network members, finding out what they do, and helping them the best way we can. Working with the network helps me develop my knowledge in healthcare.

Hannah Steadman, Physiotherapist BSc MCSP,
Former Team Leader
Hannah has returned to England, but continues to be involved with the Network via email.
Having done previous voluntary work in Ghana, West Africa, I came to Haiti in August 2010 with the vision of providing longer-term work with a sustainable impact to the community.  Initially starting my work with one of our network members, Haiti Hospital Appeal, I helped develop the first successful Community Based Rehab program in Haiti (a WHO initiative to improve the lives of those with disabilities) and helped set up the only inpatient rehabilitation centre in the north of Haiti.

Working with the network has given me a much broader perspective of the health system in Haiti, and has enabled me to expand my capacity to work. Starting work with the network the very week the cholera outbreak was announced, I quickly came to realise how crucial it is that NGOs are well connected, and what a vital role a network can play in sharing supplies, knowledge and expertise.

Expanding this work to reach out to NGOs involved in water, hygiene and sanitation has helped provide many clinics and churches much greater access to materials and training to help prevent cholera and other water-borne diseases, and help direct water treatment systems to priority areas.

I have met so many amazing organisations and individuals through my work with the network, and I am determined to continue to support you as best I can when I return to England in July 2011.  I will concentrate on maintaining my support particularly to the water network and the small rehab network in north Haiti, and hope to return to Haiti in the new year.