Aggie Engineers Without Borders helps build portable medical clinics for Haiti

The Texas A&M chapter of Engineers Without Borders provided assistance in the construction of three Portable Medical Clinics (PMCs) that will be sent to Haiti.The units are designed to assist the long-term medical needs of that country. A&M United Methodist Church in Northgate is coordinating the volunteers and contributions to build these three clinics. Clinic coordinator David Brochu said the clinics are still within the window of time needed to complete them.The portable clinics are built from large shipping containers. The interior design has been tested in other countries as well as Haiti. A clinic constructed two years ago by A&M Methodist is currently in use today in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The clinic was put in place several months ago and survived the devastating earthquake. In the past few weeks, the clinic was transported from its rural location into the city to serve as a triage unit for what is left of a seriously damaged hospital in Port-au-Prince.Engineers Without Borders is a group of 12,000 engineers in the United States who work to provide for the basic necessities in the developing world.Brochu said, "Without the help of engineering and medical student volunteers, the build-out would not be this close to completion. The people of Haiti have a need for these clinics now. These student volunteers are working with church and community volunteers to make this project happen on time."