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Prairie Lakes Doctor Honored for Work in Haiti

Mar 08, 2014 11:11AM ● By MED Editor

Dr. Henri Lanctin, a urologist at Prairie Lakes Healthcare System in Watertown, SD, was honored on February 22, 2014, in Brooklyn, NY, by the Aesclepius Medical Society for this work to improve urological care in Haiti.

“Dr. Lanctin was selected because of his outstanding medical care he has been providing to the indigenous population of Pignon, Haiti, for the past few years,” said Nicole Francis of the Aesclepius Medical Society. “Dr. Lanctin is instrumental in the practical medical education of the urology residents of the Faculty of Medicine and he has worked diligently to bridge the gap between the different foreign medical entities providing urological services in Haiti.”

Dr. Lanctin has been actively involved in Project Haiti, a nonprofit organization committed to improving the quality of life for the people of Haiti, for 3.5 years. In addition to sending teams to the area to provide medical care for the community, Project Haiti puts a strong emphasis on providing medical education to Haiti's own health care workers. Dr. Lanctin has organized and led many urology teams to Pignon, Haiti, where team members work side-by-side with Haitian urologists.

“Haiti has 26 urologists,” said Dr. Lanctin. “The goal of our work in Haiti is to work with these urologists—teaching them, supporting them and increasing their knowledge of urological care.”

In November 2013, an international committee was formed to try to coordinate urological care efforts in Haiti. Dr. Lanctin is part of this committee, which includes both administrators and doctors from America and Haiti. The committee’s goal is get a bigger return on the efforts to improve urological care in Haiti. 

“This award was very unexpected,” said Dr. Lanctin. “I do not do this work for personal accolades. I do it for the love of the Haitian people.”