Healthcare Challenges in Haiti
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dLifeTV Airs Exclusive Interviews with Top Haiti Government Officials, President Clinton, and Celebrities on Healthcare Challenges in Haiti and Its Positive Path Forward.
WESTPORT, Conn. April 12, 2012— Two years after the devastating earthquake tore apart the country of Haiti, dLifeTV anchor Benno C Schmidt III, award-winning journalist and person living with type 1 diabetes, goes inside Haitian tent clinics with Sean Penn and others to see how the country is recovering. The segments reveal how many in Haiti managing diabetes are doing far better than people in the U.S.
This special two-part report goes inside FHADIMAC, the only major diabetes clinic in Haiti, showing Haitians living well with diabetes amongst very challenging conditions. Traveling as the guests of Petra Nemcova —ambassador at large to Haiti and Happy Hearts Fund founder & chairwoman — dLife enjoyed rare access to: Haiti’s new president; Special UN Envoy to Haiti President Bill Clinton; and Ambassador at Large to Haiti, Founder, Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of the Board of J/P Haitian Relief Organization Sean Penn; and finally Ambassador at Large to Haiti, and Urban Zen Founder Donna Karan, as they share their efforts and hopes for Haiti.
“This is easily one of the most moving and inspirational stories I’ve ever covered in my career,” says Schmidt. “To see Haitians living with diabetes with so few modern tools shows what courage and fortitude is really all about. This, in the face of unreal, third-world conditions, where insulin pumps are nowhere to be found and insulin itself is often a luxury, is something I will never forget —nor will viewers.”
Schmidt met with the godfather of diabetes care in Haiti, Dr. Rene Charles, who has been treating those living with diabetes for more than 50 years. Dr. Charles proudly reports the amazing success he has had simply through the use of educational classes and the sheer dedication of the Haitian people. Despite the lack of tools and insulin that Americans living with diabetes have, many of his patients have no diabetes complications.
“It’s amazing how the lack of material wealth is actually a positive in this circumstance, as fast food and overeating is just not affordable here,” says Schmidt. He went on to say, “I think one of the most poignant moments among the interviews was when I showed President Clinton my insulin pump and I recall the President saying, ‘I wish that the Haitian lifestyle of diet and exercise could be sent to the U.S. and the Haitians could have access to the tools and knowledge you have for living well with diabetes.’”
dLifeTV kicks off new shows this Sunday, April 15th at 7pm ET/4pm PT on CNBC, with this inspirational look at conquering diabetes in the face of tragedy. For a sneak preview of the show, click here. After Sunday, the full episode will be available in the dLifeTV viewing room on dLife.com.
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