Clinic in Rural Haiti Provides Much-Needed Services

Hope for Haiti Foundation


Holding an MD, a PhD in sociology, and an MSW, Dr. Patricia Lynn Hough has used her extensive training to treat patients and teach students in the field. In addition to serving others through her professional work, Dr. Patricia Lynn Hough has contributed to numerous charitable causes, including a Hope for Haiti Foundation initiative to build and equip medical clinics in the rural village of Gandou.

The Gandou Clinic opened on October 10, 2012, during a ceremony attended by around 150 guests, including members of the Haiti Ministry of Health and the city commissioner. The opening ceremony honored two leaders from the Gandou District who were instrumental in launching the clinic. Brenice Israel and Pastor Carniere Joseph donated the land where the clinic was built and helped to attract volunteers to the project. In the clinic’s initial days, doctors were treating more than 50 patients each day, providing much-needed services to the community.




This is cold and flu season for humans for sure but our feline friends can suffer from respiratory viruses all year long.  There are two main culprits that affect our kitties: Feline Calici Virus (FCV) and Rhinotracheitis, which is a feline herpes virus infection.  Both can present with lethargy, sneezing, runny eyes and loss of appetite.  Calici virus is the more serious of the two syndromes and presents with mouth sores and aching joints.  The care is largely supportive for both viruses but antibiotics may be needed if there is a secondary bacterial infection of the eyes or lungs.  These two viruses are highly contagious and present serious problems in a shelter environment.  At St. Francis, we isolate the cat at the first sign of symptoms in our infirmary and maintain strict contact and sanitation protocols.  In a home with other cats it is more difficult but hand washing and isolation should help protect your other pets.  The good news is that these viruses are not transmitted to humans and are easily preventable with immunizations.