TEANECK, N.J. -- Tamarha Ellerbe, president of the Teaneck Rotary Club presented Sam Davis, founder of Haiti's Burn Advocates Network, with nearly $17,000, raised at its annual gala will help treat burn victims and implement burn prevention educational programs.
BAN notes, "Children suffer the majority of burns in countries, where prevention programs are almost nonexistent and open fires or rechauds for cooking, lighting or heating are commonplace."
Davis has lead nine medical missions since Jan 2010 and opened a physical therapy facility at Justinian University Hospital. BAN, in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, continues to focus on building a network for coordinating burn care resources and holding educational educational burn prevention campaigns.
The group helps with in the emergency transport of patients to facilities that are equipped to save burn victims' lives, and it delivers burn care supplies and equipment to hospitals and clinics burdened by the high cost of caring for victims. It also helps to educate future burn surgeons, both through mentoring young Haitian surgeons and through annual programs in the U.S. under the auspices of the American Burn Association and The International Society for Burn Injury.
Finally, the group is organizing a burn camp for the children of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. "Specialized burn camps have proven to bring pediatric burn survivors out of isolation and rebuild shattered self-image," the group notes.