Denver School of Nursing Students Complete Community Health Internships in Haiti

Students, Faculty Provide Prenatal Care at Birthing Center, Skin Infection Treatment at Orphanage

On the far western peninsula of Haiti, in the city of Les Cayes, four Denver School of Nursing (DSN) students and two faculty worked for nine days in collaboration with the nonprofits, Global Birthing Home Foundation and Free the Kids, to support the local program leaders of Espwa Orphanage to develop an orphanage-wide scabies treatment plan, said Dr. Marcia Bankirer, president of DSN (

“The Espwa orphanage is one of the most successful orphanages in Haiti. Espwa currently houses, feeds and educates 550 children.  Plus, another 200 children come each day to attend school and eat meals at the orphanage. Scabies is a contagious skin infection caused by a mite and treatment is incredibly difficult at an orphanage with hundreds of children in attendance,” said Micah Hughes, DSN assistant professor and director of DSN’s Global Health Perspectives (GHP) program.

“Bedding and clothing need to be treated and children need multiple therapies of both topical and oral medications.  Continuing this scabies treatment plan is a high priority for our DSN global health team. We will continue with follow up care and our long term relationships with our local partners,” Hughes said.

Additionally, DSN students Dani Kloepper, Biz McIlmoyl, Angela Milano and Josh Passburg, accompanied by Hughes and Pam Chandler, an adjunct faculty member who is a certified nurse midwife and family nurse practitioner, dedicated three days assisting in patient education and prenatal and postnatal care for women at the Maison de Naissance (MN) birthing center. “These students excelled in cross-cultural patient care and community based education. It was a privilege to work with each of them on DSN’s fifth global health internship to Haiti,” stated Hughes.

Research has shown that in the 10 years since the MN birthing center began providing maternal healthcare, the care rate for pregnant women increased from 51 to 99 percent and births supervised by a skilled attendant increased from 13 to 91 percent.  “Most significantly, there has been a zero percent maternal mortality rate and less than 2 percent neonatal mortality rate at Maison de Naissance after more than 4,500 deliveries,” Hughes added.

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