In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that shook Haiti in January 2010, Project HOPE sent more than 100 medical volunteers – many aboard USNS Comfort, the U.S. Navy hospital ship – and delivered more than $60 million of donated medicines and medical supplies.
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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