Konbit Sante Cap-Haitien Health Partnership

To support the development of a sustainable health care system to meet the needs of the Cap-Haitien community with maximum local direction and support.
Mar 6, 2015

2014 Advancements in Making Births Safe in Haiti!

The Haiti: Make Births Safe campaign has advanced a number of improvements in maternal and child health care in northern Haiti.  These highlights include:

  • Decreasing newborn mortality: Supported aquality improvement initiative with colleagues inthe Pediatric Department of Justinian UniversityHospital that led to a 67% decrease in thechance of a newborn dying  in the pediatric unitin 2014 compared to 2013.
  • Family planning: In collaboration with a research teamfrom Emory University School of Medicine, completeda study of abortion practices in Cap-Haitien. Whileabortion is illegal in Haiti, the study found that womenare knowledgeable about methods to induce abortion,but often delay seeking post-abortion care due toperceived stigma from health care providers. The studyalso highlighted high levels of unmet need for familyplanning in Cap-Haitien. The ndings of the studywere presented to partners throughout the Ministry ofHealth and potential strategies to address these issuesare being discussed with partners.
  • Safer births: Advanced our collaborative ‘Haiti: MakeBirths Safe’ initiative with Haiti Hospital Appeal by jointly initiating a 3-year project that will expandcommunity- based maternal and child health servicesto previously underserved areas in Quartier Morin andthe Cap-Haitien section of Bande du Nord.
  • Nutrition Research: Collaborated with WashingtonUniversity to conduct a study that was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (January 2014). Itshowed that supplementation can have a positive effect onstunting, but the effects are limited in context of ongoingdiarrheal illness. Konbit Sante staff joined other partnerorganizations to share the results in Port- au-Prince tothe Haitian Ministry of Health and others; a presentationthat was lmed for both national television and radio

These achevements were possible because of your support.  You can contact us directly at anytime at info@healthybirthing.org, or through the implementing partners of this campaign:

Konbit Sante- www.healthyhaiti.org

Haiti Hospital Appeal: www.haitihospitalappeal.org 

Dec 9, 2014

Workplan Developed for January Travel

A group of 6 volunteer engineers and skilled laborers ahevbooked travel for 2 weeks in January to review and improve access to water at the Justinien University Hospital( JUH) in Cap- Haitien Haiti.

The workplan submitted to the JUH and to the Haitian Ministry of Health Includes:

  1. Utility Survey- 

Identify water & sanitation needs of services

Evaluate root causes of problems with JUH staff

Map existing building interior and plumbing

Test flow from plumbing fixtures

Test coliforms in water supply

Develop design basis for service

Develop preliminary plans and discuss with hospital

Survey equipment previously shipped/installed to determine if it’s being used.  If not, brainstorm alternative uses.2

  1. 2.  Improve Chlorination-

Evaluate chlorine demand of water supply

Identify options for chlorination and associated costs with support of Sully or others

Discuss chlorination options with JUH staff

Evaluate options using pair-wise comparison model and criteria selected by team.  Example criteria include:

  • Safety
  • Efficacy
  • Sustainable supply of reagent
  • Cost – capital
  • Cost – Operating
  • Utility requirements
  • Complexity and training requirements

          3.  Water Management

Discuss water system management with JUH administration and operators

  • Quantity
  • Quality
  • Flow control
  • Demands
  • Distribution system

Review current state of water system and update water report

Rewire water pump for Well #1

Training on water distribution system operation

Konbit Sante staff and volunteers will submit a report upon the success of these activities upon the completion of travel.

Jul 11, 2014

Chlorinator water pump installed, supplies shipped

This June, Konbit Sante volunteer Mike O'Neill carried down a chlorinator water pump that needed to be replaced, and along with Haitian staff and Konbit Sante Executive Director Nate Nickerson and Josue Limprevil, they installed the new pump. This pump is responsible for chlorinating water after it is pumped up from a well that is then distributed throughout the Justinien University Hospital.

In the meantime, Konbit Sante volunteers in Maine are getting a shipping container ready with infrastructure supplies so that the next volunteer trip in the fall of 2014 can focus on maintenance and repairs.   

The agenda for the next trip includes:

  • performing maintenance on the hospital sterilizer
  • conducting testing at all 3 hospital wells
  • furthering the design of a new Haitian health clinic in Bande du Nord, on the outskirts of Cap- Haitien

There is a new disease, chikungunya, that has spread to Haiti. It is transmitted by the same mosquitoes that carry dengue fever. So it is increasingly important to focus on controlling wastewater around the Justinien University Hospital. 

We can be reached at (207) 347-6733 and volunteer@konbitsante.org with any questions, concerns or to find out more about donating supplies or volunteering.

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