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Haiti Health Network mourns the death of Haitian President Jovenel Moise, assassinated on Wednesday July 7, 2021 in his private residence. This event leaves the population in shock, anguish, and in fear of what may happen tomorrow. The country was already in a difficult situation before this tragedy and now it is even worse; It is the unimaginable.

Despite all this confusion and deep sadness manifested by the population and the cessation of social and economic activities, the health centers could not help but continue to assume the responsibility of caring for the sick. With that understanding, Haiti Health Network organized a special meeting on Thursday July 8, to connect healthcare leaders, share resources, and to offer a platform where people could just sympathize with each other. The meeting grouped more than 50 people from diverse regions in Haiti and abroad.

We hope that the people of Haiti will reach peace, a level of security, justice, good governance and that this type of tragedy never happens again.


Follow-up of "Equipping the Caregiver" Program in the Nord'Ouest Region

HHN has done a follow-up with medical kit recipients in the Nord-Ouest region. The goal of this program is to ensure that healthcare professionals, especially in the remote areas have the tools necessary for quality patient care and the ability to diagnose and treat commonly encountered conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and respiratory infections. A total of 233 kits were distributed to 34 facilities, 59 physicians, 140 nurses. The follow up is to measure the impact on the number of patients who can be seen, diagnosed, referred appropriately, and treated in a timely manner. Among the questions was how many additional patients each provider was able to see because they have the proper tools, and they were invited to tell a story or give an example of how the tools in the kits were useful to their patients. We have found that an average of 22 more patients could be seen by each provider. They also shared valuable comments on how useful the kits were to their work and the care of their patients. We are in the planning stage to expand this project to the Sud region, then Sud’Est and eventually through out the country. We thank our partners and collaborators who help make tis project possible. 

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Biomedical Visits in Nord and Nord'Est

In June, the Haiti Health Network received a container of medical equipment and supplies in the North. The Haiti Health Network biomedical technicians, David Kuhajda and Evenel Osias teamed up to ensure proper installation of the devices and training for the users and technicians on site. Among those devices were Infant warmers, Xray and ultrasound machines. This biomedical visit also aimed to inspect and repair previously donated equipment.

The team faced many challenges that serve as learning opportunity and eye opening to the great need that exists in the healthcare community. From severe gas shortages to heavy equipment loading/unloading and transportation, to electrical instability, and to unavailability of local resources we recognize the importance to continue and to strengthen our effort as a network, to collect and share resources, facilitate communication within the health care community and to understand how to better address the identified needs.

Vitamin Angels Distribution

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The Plateau Central (or Centre) region whose main city is Hinche, is located in the center of Haiti as indicated by its name. It covers an area of ​​3,700 km² and is populated by 746,236 inhabitants. It is made up of 13 communes (cities) and 35 communal sections (villages).

In November 2020, Haiti Health Network conducted a survey based on healthcare capacity in the Central department of Haiti. The survey was conducted over 53 facilities including all categories namely: governmental, private, faith-based and NGO. These 53 facilities include 4 hospitals and 49 clinics (clinics, dispensaries, health centers proper). We have proceeded to the analysis of this information gathered from these facilities, in order to determine the needs of the region in terms of healthcare to help accordingly. It is a pleasure to share part of the results of this survey with you.

Plateau Central is one of the rare region of Haiti where you can find the less accesible diagnostic imaging services in the country such as CT Scan and Mammography, and specialty services such as Dialysis. From an healthcare capacity analysis on all departments of Haiti except Ouest, in terms of access to technology, the Central region has a the highiest percentage of facilities with access to electricity, internet and using electronic medical record (EMR).

75.47% out of 53 facilities have regular access to electricity, 50.94% have regular internet access and 26.42% use an electronic medical record (EMR). Despite, Plateau Central has the highest percentage of facilities having access to these 3 technologies, it is still a challenge considering that electricity and internet are the basics that should be accessible to all facilities.

We have defined a list of 5 instruments as basic instruments (the minimum that should be found in a health establishment) such as stethoscope, sphygmomanometer, thermometer, otoscopes-ophthalmoscope, and pulse oxymeter. Added to this list blood glucose monitors and nebulizer. 28.30% facilities have less than 3 out of these 5 basic tools, and only 32.08% have at least a blood glucose monitor and a nebulizer at their disposal.

We have also, defined 15 key essential medications classified antibiotics, antihypertensives, antidiabetics, analgesic, antiparasitic, antacids, asthma treatment. The results reveal that only 7.55% facilities have a consistent access to all key essential medication. Simvastatin, Lisinopril, and Ciprofloxacin are the less accessible medications in the region. For 88.89% of facilities, lack of fund is the main reason why they cannot carry all the medication they need.

The graphs and table below illustrate the Plateau Central healthcare capacity in terms of services availability and cost of care

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On July 14, 2021, Haiti received its first batch of COVID-19 Vaccines. The Haitian government has received 500,000 doses of vaccine from the United States through the COVAX program, a WHO program aimed to distribute the COVID-19 vaccines to less developed countries. Before the vaccine arrived, on June 24, 2021, the Haitian Ministry of Public Health and Population offered a webinar on the COVID-19 vaccine in Haiti to share management, training and distribution plans through the country.

See full UNICEF article here

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HBS, Haiti Biomedical Solutions, is a private enterprise aimed at ensuring management, maintenance, and repair of medical equipment throughout Haiti. 

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