The Haiti: Make Births Safe campaign has advanced a number of improvements in maternal and child health care in northern Haiti. These highlights include:
These achevements were possible because of your support. You can contact us directly at anytime at email@example.com, or through the implementing partners of this campaign:
Konbit Sante- www.healthyhaiti.org
Haiti Hospital Appeal: www.haitihospitalappeal.org
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:
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
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:
3. Water Management
Discuss water system management with JUH administration and operators
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.
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:
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.
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