Haitian Doctor to Speak about Emergency Work after Earthquake

File photo by Tracy SimmonsWEST HARTFORD — An evening program on March 31 hosted by Outreach to Haiti and St. Peter Claver Church of West Hartford will feature a Haitian doctor who worked at a downtown hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, immediately after the earthquake in January 2010.

Dr. Jude Banatte, who has been with the Catholic Relief Services in Haiti for 11 years, will talk about the emergency efforts that followed the earthquake and that continue today. He was at the capital’s Hospital St. Francois de Sales, which was destroyed in the disaster, but he and others set up operations in the ruins. They tended to the injured, tried to salvage medical equipment and supplies, and worked to get the hospital running again.

Banatte will speak at 7 p.m. at the parish hall of St. Peter Claver, 47 Pleasant St. in West Hartford

There is no charge for attending, but donations to support medical work in Port-au-Prince will be greatly appreciated. The non-profit Medical Aid to Haiti (MATH), many members of which belong to the St. Peter Claver congregation, has had a long-time partnership with Outreach to Haiti.

For more information, please contact the office of Outreach to Haiti at (860) 638-1018 or (860) 848-2237 ext. 206. Also, you can e-mail info@haitianministries.org

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