Haiti Hospital Appeal

Helping to run one of the leading hospitals in North Haiti, we specialise in community health care, maternity, paediatric, and neo-natal care, and rehabilitation services for adults and children. Since 2006, we've been providing quality health care that is not restricted to the few, but is available to everyone. Working alongside the Haitian Government and grass root partners, we seek to empower a sustainable, inclusive and accessible health care service, driven by Haitian vision and staff. We are a Christian charity with a heart of compassion and a desire for justice. We choose to stand in the gap for the innocent and vulnerable as Jesus did, offering health care to all without any form of...
May 15, 2014

Judeline

Baby Judeline as she battled on...
Baby Judeline as she battled on...

In the last 8 months or so, many of our supporters have been touched by the story of a special little girl called Judeline, who was featured in our last resport.  It was with great sadness that Judeline sadly passed away a few months ago.  Despite showing such incredible courage, and some signs of improvement thanks to the care of our medical team, the disability she faced was too severe to overcome in Haiti.

Most reports we seek to send out, are generally full of the more positive aspects of our work.  Areas of our work which excite people by the progress, and there is of course lots to be excited about!  However, at the same time, we believe it's also important to reflect on some of the tragic and stark realities of Haiti, which remind us of why we're doing this work, and why your support is so critical.

Despite making such significant progress in supporting children with disabilities in Haiti, many children like Judeline still die everyday.  The majority of these deaths could be avoided, if only improved health care was provided.  Within the context of Haiti, Judeline was given the best chance she could have had.  However, the care she really needed is still absent in this country.  With the right support, critically needed new health developments can be implemented in Haiti and through our work.  That's why we would urge you to continue supporting this work.  Your support has helped save so many children over the years, and together we can improve things even more, and ensure that other children like Judeline are given the fighting chance they deserve.  Thank you for your continued compassion and generosity.

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May 15, 2014

Over 2,000 children supported!

A baby being saved after surgery
A baby being saved after surgery

In our last report, we shared the impact your support had made on our Maternity work in 2013.  This time, we wanted to encourage you by the difference you're making to paediatric care!

Last year, you helped us provide care for over 2,065 children, through the provision of 3,863 inpatient and outpatient consultations.  This included providing care for 265 babies in our neonatal unit.

The individual lives you have helped us save and support is incredible, but the need remains urgent.  Just a few weeks ago, a young 18 year old mother was bought to the hospital we support, with severe complications during delivery.  The mother and her baby had required a C-Section some 18 hours before arriving at our unit, but due to a lack of access to emergency obstetric care where she lived, and poor medical diagnosis, this didn't happen.  She was eventually referred to us, where our team were quick to respond with emergency surgery, which included resuscitating her baby.

However, the severe delays in transferring this mother and baby to us, left the baby in a critical state.  Thanks to our teams continued commitment to providing excellent care, the baby is progressing well, though may well face long term brain damage.  We can avoid these situations with your support, by developing more training for medical proffessionals, and supporting the salaries of this unique medical team who are providing such critical care. 

Please help us to save more mums and babies, by becoming a regular donor of this critical work, or making another one off donation.  Thank you for your continued support.  It really is making a huge difference.

One of the many babies saved in our neonatal unit
One of the many babies saved in our neonatal unit

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May 15, 2014

Agriculture, Training and Tennis

Raised flower beds for our rehab patients!
Raised flower beds for our rehab patients!

One of the biggest challenges for groups like the Haiti Hospital Appeal, is how to develop programmes in Haiti which can become self-sustainable to some extent.  Our vision is to equip and empower a Haitian lead health system, which isn't forever reliant upon international support, and every year we make steady steps towards that goal!

In our last update we shared about some of our patients getting their hands dirty with agriculture projects.  Well, in the last few months our rehabilitation team have been busy progressing the agriculture projects, and lot's has happened.  The team have completed building the wheelchair accessible flower beds (highlighted in our last report), a chicken farm for 120 chickens, and a banana farm (with over 400 bananas)!  The chicken project alone will help save the hospital critical funds, as we produce up to 600 eggs each week to support projects which help persons with disabilities.  All the patients will have the opportunity to learn vital life skills as part of these projects, which can empower them to develop their own businesses when they return home.

Aside from agriculture, the rehabilitation unit has also been busy welcoming the Swiss Paraplegic Foundation to Haiti, who have been providing some excellent training for medical professionals across North Haiti, developing Neuro-Urology, which is an exciting new medical development for this region!  We also had visitors from the International Tennis Federation, who spent several days introducing wheelchair tennis to our patients, which they absolutely loved! 

Despite a busy few months, and some exciting progress towards a greater level of self-sustainability, this rehab unit is still very much reliant upon your support.  Persons with disabilities in Haiti remain some of the most marginalised in the whole country, and with limited social support from a government level, assistance from individuals like you is critical.  We hope you'll be encouraged by what your generous support has achieved in the last few months, and we look forward to updating you with more exciting news in our next update.  Thanks for your continued support!

Wheelchair Tennis starts at Rehab Unit
Wheelchair Tennis starts at Rehab Unit
Neuro-urology training with the Swiss Foundation
Neuro-urology training with the Swiss Foundation

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