Centre De Sante FONDYLSAHH

Mayaya, La Victoire is an extremely impoverished remote rural area high in the hills of Northern Haiti where access to basic health care is often out of the reach of many of its inhabitants.

The clinic is the site where the UQ students in the Medicine in Society rotation have the opportunity experience health care delivery in a underdeveloped country, providing access to primary care services essentially free of charge with a focus on respecting the dignity and honor of the patients that we serve.

Help Support the Clinic!


Haiti Silent Auction


3723 Carondelet St

October 21, 2017 6-9pm

$20 General Admission
$10 Student Entry Online, $15 at the Door

Includes a wine grab bag!

All proceeds go to the Alton Ochsner Haiti Relief Fund.
Please contact omsaoutreach@ochsner.org with any questions or concerns.

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2017 Students

Nikita Lalchandani

Hometown: Torrance, CA
Undergrad: University of California, Berkeley
Intended field: Pediatrics

Why Global Health: My interest in the global health field was sparked at a young age after witnessing health disparities and poverty. This led me to minor in Global Poverty in undergrad. Going to Haiti was both full of challenges and an enlightening experience that reinforced my passion for global health. I hope to continue doing work in this field to one day have global health equality.

Leah Mortensen

Hometown: Mequon, WI
Undergrad: Scripps Women’s College in southern California (Humanities)
Intended field: Anesthesiology.

Why Global Health: The chance to participate in a volunteer rotation to Haiti was one of the highlights that attracted me to the UQ-Ochsner program. One of my motivations for participating in the Haiti rotation is that my father and his partner have volunteered in a small clinic there for many years – primarily donating their skills as anesthesiologists and bringing supplies. I feel a connection to Haiti and have heard many stories about the people and the health problems encountered there.

I also recognize the dangers of voluntarism and often question the benefits to the host population versus the eager volunteers looking to explore the world and perhaps naively contribute to the well being of the native peoples. This has made me critical of many programs that I have researched in the past. However, there are several aspects of Ochsner’s Medicine in Society rotation in Haiti that I appreciate. The first is that it is led by Dr. Laborde who is a native of Haiti and hence is able to provide a perspective on the needs of the local people that could not be gained by an outsider. The longevity of the project is another aspect that is important to me. Reading up on the rotation and the Haiti Relief Fund I noted that it was started in 2010 after the devastating earthquake, followed by hurricane Tomas and the cholera epidemic. There was a huge influx of money and humanitarian aid immediately following these catastrophic events but very few organizations stay past the initial few months when all the media hype had worn off. But Ochsner has stayed – donating money, and bringing students and supplies once a year.

Deborah Levy

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Undergrad: University of Michigan
Intended field: Psychiatry

Why Global Health: My name is Deb Levy, and I am originally from Chicago. I studied philosophy as an undergrad at the University of Michigan. After college I left the US on a grant to work at the only free clinic in Israel and decided to pursue a career in public health thereafter. As my interests in health broadened, I decided to attend medical school in order to be able to care for patients with population health in mind. Going into psychiatry, I hope to focus on patient care domestically and internationally.

Shani Truong

Undergrad: University of California – B.S. in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior
Masters Program: Tufts University – M.S. in Biomedical Sciences
Intended field: Family Medicine

Why Global Health: Early on I took an interest in the socioeconomic aspect of medicine and read some of Paul Farmer’s writings on poverty and illness. Before medical school, I worked at free clinic in the surrounding Boston suburbs where we saw a large proportion of Haitian refugees. When I was accepted at UQ-Ochsner, I knew immediately I would apply to the Haiti rotation. In April 2017, I traveled to the FONDYLSAHH clinic in Mayaya, Haiti with a wonder woman team of five other students. This was my first global health experience and it exceeded my clinical expectations and challenged my world perspective in an ever lasting way.

I hold a B.S. in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California, Davis and an M.S. in Biomedical Sciences from Tufts University. In the future I hope to match into Family Medicine and continue working in remote and global areas!

Hannah Lategan

Hometown: North Andover, MA
Undergrad: Syracuse University
Intended Field: OBGYN

Why Global Health: My love for global health has been reaffirmed by the privilege of being able to experience this rotation. It has been the most impactful thing I have experienced while in medical school and has fueled the passion for why I pursued this dream. While the goal was to work with the Haitian community to help them establish ongoing healthcare – I also gained understanding, knowledge, and appreciation in the process. I am honored to have been a part of this rotation, organization and wonderful community and look forward to being a primary advocate for its growth and development in the future.

Larsa Al-Omaishi

2018 Students

Joshua Brooks

Why Global Health: My journey back to medical school grew from a two year masters in public health degree at Columbia University and three years of emergency and pediatric critical care research into continuous positive airway pressure use in rural Ghana. That global experience not only inspired the pursuit of my MD, but my choice to work with my UQ colleagues, Dr. Yvens Laborde and local Haitian staff to deliver medicine, supplies and services at Fondsylahh Clinic in La Victoire, Haiti. It is through this fundraising, medical supply procurement and clinical experience that I plan to continue my commitment to work in low-resource settings as I pursue one of three possible training routes to critical care practice: pediatric, adult or anesthesia. One day, I hope to use my previous work and exposure during this Haiti MIS rotation to inform a career of novel research and evidence-based medicine that contributes to the development of independent and effective low and middle income health systems, while, quite possibly, influencing the way in which our country reworks our own system to deliver more efficient, effective and ethical critical care.

Billie Hsieh

Hometown: Duarte, CA
Undergrad: CSULA
Intended field: Neurology

As an aspiring neurologist with years of international volunteer, internship and work experience, I am passionate global health, from that of a nation to that of an individual across the world, may only be achieved through transpiring beyond outstanding medical care to encompassing epidemiologic, environmental and socioeconomic needs. My dedication is to raising awareness of current medical issues both in my local community and on a worldwide platform. I graduated from CSULA and grew up in Duarte, CA.

The opportunity to partake in the Ochsner Haiti Medicine in Society trip is one I am deeply grateful to have. I am thrilled about the creole courses and preparation clinical shifts, in addition to in-depth learning from physicians while working alongside them in the Fondylsahh Primary Care Clinic.

Ohmin Kwon

Hometown: Los Angeles
Undergrad: University of California, San Diego
Intended Field: Family Medicine

Why Global Health: My passion for medicine started when I witnessed how medical teams from all over the world were coming together to help Haiti back in 2010 after the tragic earthquake. I was disheartened by my limited abilities and skills that kept me doing more for the people who were desperately in need, but I am grateful to have this chance to go back to where I started and re-experience Haiti as a medical student. I would like to take this opportunity to begin my journey to become a medical professional who will provide quality care that is valuable to any community, locally or abroad.

Neharika Khurana

Why Global Health: Immigrating from a small village in India to San Francisco, California has given me a front seat look at the struggles underprivileged populations face day to day as well as first-handedly experience the range of resources available in the United States. My passion for global medicine deepened in high school when I worked with my grandfather add small clinics in small rural villages in order to provide basic medical care and acute nursing needs. I chose to go to Haiti not only to work with Haitians in their home environment to fuel my desire in serving the underserved but to also grow into an adaptive health care leader who has the ability to empathize with every patient’s unique struggles. I wanted an international medical experience where I could gain exposure to the health care effects caused by natural disasters in a 3rd world country and learn different adaptations physicians have to make to treat populations so harshly affected by the 2010 Haiti earthquake and 2016 Hurricane Matthew.