Project HOPE’s disaster relief team is in Haiti working with the government to address the crucial health needs of people impacted by Hurricane Matthew, the most powerful tropical storm to hit the country in a decade. There are nearly 700 people dead or missing following the disaster, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. HOPE has deployed medical volunteers to support the stressed health care system and help prevent the spread of cholera and other diseases which are on the rise. Project HOPE is also shipping medical supplies, including water hydration tablets, gloves, saline solution, sponges, gauze, water purification units, generators and more. HOPE’s team will continue to coordinate with the Ministry of Health to identify areas of greatest need and is prepared to shift its response to ensure that all donated supplies reach those in need and that volunteers are deployed where they are needed most.
Images of HOPE in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew
In the fall of 2010, Project HOPE sent a team of international cholera experts to train Haitian health professionals. They identified the origin of the cholera strain (Nepalese) – as documented in an article published by The New England Journal of Medicine titled, “The Origin of the Haitian Cholera Outbreak Strain.”
Our long-term response in Haiti has been to establish the country’s first free, comprehensive rehab and prosthetic facility for amputee victims known as “Chanje Lavi,” which means “Changing Lives” in Creole. Since its opening, the Chanje Lavi Rehab center has treated more than 4,000 patients, and it is now managed locally. Since 2012, HOPE has also been developing and strengthening six regional centers for people with disabilities to help reintegrate them into society and ensure long-term access to care.
At Hospital Albert Schweitzer in Deschapelles, Haiti, Project HOPE is augmenting and filling chronic personnel shortages by sending volunteer health professionals from a variety of disciplines. The medical volunteers are providing training to Haitian health professionals in an effort to strengthen the health care system and are providing care in certain disciplines that otherwise would not be available.
While he is only 20 years old, Friztnel, and the others employed at the hospital, recognize that working in health care puts them at high risk of contracting Hepatitis B.
From devastation to HOPE. Progress in Haiti continues.
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