Project HOPE’s disaster relief team worked 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. HOPE deployed medical volunteers to support the stressed health care system and help prevent the spread of cholera and other preventable diseases. HOPE also shipped critical medical supplies, including water purification tablets, gloves, saline solution, sponges, gauze, water purification units, generators and more.
Project HOPE also stayed on to support damaged health systems and infrastructure in a way that will benefit the health of Haitians for years to come. One of those projects is a new cholera treatment center at the St. Therese Regional Hospital in Miragoâne, the capital city of the Department of Nippes in southwest Haiti. The 20-bed center was built with the help of Project HOPE partners, Mazzetti and the Sextant Foundation, who have experience working in Haiti and provided volunteer engineers to oversee the design and construction for the center, which was built by a local Haitian construction company.
At Hospital Albert Schweitzer in Deschapelles, Haiti, Project HOPE is augmenting and filling chronic personnel shortages in certain disciplines that otherwise would not be available, and training local healthcare workers to strengthen the health care system in the long-term.
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Project HOPE has worked to support the people of Haiti since the 1980s, including programs in Maternal and Child Health and providing training and support through the National Laboratory Service.
In response to the devastating earthquake in 2010, HOPE sent medical supplies and highly skilled medical volunteers to serve on the USNS Comfort. The floating Navy hospital ship was the main referral hospital in Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake, receiving complex cases from field hospitals on shore.
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.”
To assist the country in long-term healthcare following the earthquake, HOPE established the country’s first free, comprehensive rehabilitation 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. From 2012-2015, HOPE also worked to develop and strengthen six regional centers for people with disabilities to help reintegrate them into society and ensure long-term access to care.
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.
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