REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
Officially called the Centre de Santé Union de Grand- Gosier, our clinic is located in the southeastern town of Marjofre about five hours by rough jeep roads from Port-au-Prince.
Since the doors opened in mid January of 2016, we've offered 5-day-a- week consultations with a doctor and nurse in attendance.
Our primary care services handle everything from births to machete wounds, hypertension to ear infections. Patients pay a modest fee for consultations and medications.
And with every visit we dispense public health education about cancer, stroke, hypertension, diabetes and epidemics like cholera, Zika, and Chikungunya.
The clinic has a wonderful team of Haitian staff -- a medical director, a nurse, full-time doctor, lab tech, maintenance and administrative personnel with roots in the rural south and borderlands.
Together they work in partnership with our local founding committee, AMBUF (Association Marjofre-Bodarie Union Force) to find a sustainable way to continue this work when, eventually, we hand the clinic over to local control.
CERVICAL and BREAST CANCER PREVENTION
Haiti has one of the world’s highest cervical cancer rates because it lacks a way to diagnose and treat the disease among its rural, poor women.
The Pap smear that we take for granted is costly and logistically difficult in low resource areas. Our solution: “VIA/cryo,” or “see and treat.”
Developed by international healthcare workers, the technique has saved millions of women's lives.
All it takes is vinegar, a headlamp and a trained eye to detect precancerous cervical tissue that can be treated with cryotherapy at the same visit.
When we started doing this in 2013, 99% of the women had never been screened. Over 6% have positive results.
Thanks to HHP, nurses across southeast Haiti have been trained in the procedure at four Ministry of Health clinics in the Arrondissement of Belle-Anse.
Now we're rolling out a program of education and self exams for breast as well as cervical cancer to reach women where they are.
Twice a month our staff jump on motorcycles with medicine, medical equipment, and administrative supplies and set up pop-up clinics at marketplaces, community centers, even rustic disco spots in six little communities in our zone.
The people in these remote outposts lack the funds to travel the distance to see a doctor.
Not surprisingly, we find the sickest of our neighbors in these places.
Since June, 2016 when we started, we've served some 2,200 patients a year this way.
The clinic provides family planning, vaccines, and prenatal services for expecting moms to be.
More than 90% of births in our region
happen at home with little support. We train trusted community members and traditional midwives in essential practices like 'Helping Babies Breathe,' used around the developing world to decrease birth defects due to lack of oxygen in the first minute of