“The phone call came in late one night last year. On the outskirts of Gressier, Haiti, two children were ill. The nurses for MotoMeds, a pediatric call center and mobile medicine delivery service run as a University of Florida research initiative, asked crucial questions about the children’s symptoms.
The principal investigator Eric Jorge Nelson, M.D., Ph.D., was on-site to evaluate the program’s logistics and related research. Nelson strapped on a helmet to join the nurse and two motorcycle drivers on the call. The group rumbled up a mountain road strewn with river stones. As they climbed higher, the road narrowed. Soon, it was little more than a footpath. His driver made a hard left, brushing by a bush and ending up on a goat trail. He gunned the engine, willing the motorcycle onward until it bogged down in mud.”