Haiti's healthcare dilemma
Haiti has a healthcare vision for its people but lacks funds to implement it. Taxes from the working poor population aren't enough. In fact, Haiti depends on non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for 80 percent of its basic services.
The result is a patchwork of overworked teaching hospitals and rural clinics with few or no staff.
Public hospitals in Haiti were closed for almost two years as staff went on strike for better working conditions and wages.
Many well-intentioned NGOs send visiting doctors to Haiti once or twice a year. But what if your appendix bursts when they're not there? Working with the Ministry of Health, HHP has a powerful solution:
Our vision is a self-sustaining, Haitian owned-and-operated regional medical center that will remain for generations.
Since 2016, with your help, each month brings us closer to that goal. Our clinic, Centre de Santé Union de Grand-Gosier (CSUG), delivers full primary care and 24/7 emergency care to 30,000 of Haiti's most vulnerable rural poor. Mobile clinics and home visits by community health workers see up to 200 of the hardest-to-reach patients each month, including mothers and babies. We hired a midwife in March 2020 and now have 24/7 maternity services. We've trained medical staff to perform women's cervical cancer screening and treatment throughout the southeast. We offer vaccines, family planning and detection and trea And in 2018 we won our first grants to take on hypertension and female cancer detection and treatment in extreme rural settings.
Concurrently, HHP mentors the Haitian staff in the process of grant-writing and fundraising, financial administration, and transparent reporting. Presently, CSUG raises about $20,000 yearly from its own revenue streams from consultation, lab and pharmacy fees as well as Haitian-authored grant funding.
We do all of this on less than $60,000 a year by keeping our eye on the goal of sustainability -- 98 cents of every dollar we receive is spent in Haiti.
Buildings without staff
Solutions by Haitians,
A young boy waits patiently to be seen at a clinic in Belle Anse, where one nurse attends to all.
Haitian Ministry of Health nurse learns the cryo technique for treating precancerous cervical lesions from executive director Louise Lindenmeyr at the clinic of Belle-Anse.