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...
Jun 22, 2011

Moving forward on our maternity project

New Maternity building under construction
New Maternity building under construction

A huge thanks again on behalf of everyone at the appeal for your continued support of our work.  The Maternity service in Haiti is developing really well, and we're continuously grateful for this being made possible by individuals like you.  For those of you who don't often visit our web-site, we thought we'd share an extract from a recent blog entry by our CEO when he returned to Haiti recently.

'Our Medical Director, Dr Toussaint, who works tirelessly at this hospital showed us around. As he finished up his ward round we waited amidst the heart of the pediatric unit. Besides us sat a thin, frail teenage girl holding an equally delicate baby, clearly malnourished. The eyes of this teenager seemed so lost and hopeless, as if she’d accepted her fate and was just letting time pass by. Dr Toussaint explained that she had AIDs, confirmation of what was tragically all too clear to see. My heart sank for this desperate young mother and child, with a future in store more painful than I could imagine.'

The situation across Haiti for mothers and babies is as this blog highlights often more painful than we could imagine.  Yet, your support is generating great hope for many communities, and providing a new opportunity for many thousands of women and babies in the future to receive the support, love and care they require.  Here are some of the practical ways you've helped move things forward...

Since our last report, the construction of the final piece of our Maternity Unit has begun and we are almost about to start the roof. This is the final piece of the jigsaw puzzle and will provide two birthing rooms, five individual patient rooms, and one double ward room. 

In addition to this we have placed an order for all the specialist equipment needed for our maternity service, including beds, surgical instruments, monitoring and ultrasound machines, incubators and much more for the hospital. This consignment will be shipped from the USA in two containers and we hope that this will arrive in mid summer to coincide with the completion of the new building.

During this period we have also started our outreach anti-natal clinic to bring advice, screening and support to mothers in the outlying communities who have very little chance for access to primary health care.  Our first outreach clinic served 73 women and over 100 children.  We'll update you more on that next time!

This tremendous progress with the project has been made possible with support from grants and the funds raised by online giving, schools, churches, sports clubs and the like...and of course individuals like you! 

We're desperate to see justice brought to the lives of the women and children in our area, those as described in the brief blog extract.  Whilst the task can often seem too hard to face, you are making a huge difference.  We'd love you to take two minutes to watch our latest film which will show you just how much hope is being generated in Haiti through your support!  http://haitihospitalappeal.org/news/2011/06/change/

Thanks again for all your help and please keep up the great work.

New building under way
New building under way

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Jun 22, 2011

History being made!

Patient taking part in sports training
Patient taking part in sports training

Brilliant progress continues with the expansion of facilities and services at the Rehabilitation Centre where we are one of the only centers in Haiti proving rehabilitation and essential health care to those people suffering from spinal cord injuries, and other significant disabilities following severe medical events like a stroke.

In May we also undertook an audacious Solar Power project which will transform our energy bills and will allow the hospital to develop into a more self-sustainable way.  This new development will allow us to have cheaper and more reliable electricity which will be a huge boost to us, saving monthly revenue costs, supporting a more environmentally friendly approach to our work, and ensuring a more constant supply of power.  The Hospital is now running on Solar power for 80% of the time. Solar power has also been installed at the children's home and the volunteer village. 

At the beginning of May HHA teamed up with Ambassadors in Sport and arranged several days of sporting activities for individuals with disabilities in North Haiti, including a historic amputee football match, the first of it's kind in Cap-Haitien with the Haitian National Amputee football team.  Find out more here...http://haitihospitalappeal.org/news/2011/05/historic-amputee-football-match/  This coincided with the dream we have to send 6 Haitian representatives to the Paralympics next year for London 2012…the planning has already begun!

Yet, despite so much positive news, there is also great need in Haiti.

Dr Toussaint, Our Medical Director who works tirelessly, shared the story of how he’d found one of our newest Spinal Chord patients at a different  hospital in Haiti. She’d been told by the staff at that hospital that they couldn’t provide the care she needed, and that she should travel to the Dominican Republic.  Being paralyzed (from the neck down) this was as almost impossible task.  However she somehow found her way across the border, only to find that she was unable to receive any health care in the Dominican due to the high costs, and returned to the original Haitian hospital. Again, unable to find the care she needed, she slumped upon a wooden bench within a waiting area, and that’s where she remained for some time, as if accepting a fate that was well beyond her control. The above happened over a month, in which time due to her paralysis she developed huge infected pressure wounds, leaving her future resting in a very fragile balance. HHA heard about her and she was transferred to our Rehabilitation hospital immediately. 

Despite people fearing that she would probably not survive, she's making a wonderful recovery, is even sitting up, with her wound healing, and has been out of the ward for the first few times in the last week!

Her story is just one of many, highlighting what a difference you're making.  If you'd like to find out more, please take two minutes to watch our latest video and see some of the great work you've helped achieve!  

Amputee football training
Amputee football training
Rehabilitation building reaches roof level
Rehabilitation building reaches roof level

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Jun 22, 2011

Children's home refurbishment!

Children
Children's home solar panels

A huge thanks to all those who have supported our children's work in Haiti!  It makes a massive difference and we really appreciate all your love and support!

In the last few months we've seen some huge changes which we thought you'd like to know about.  Solar power now supports the Maison de Benediction and our hospital, providing about 80% of our energy needs!  This makes it a more workable and productive environment for our projects to grow in, and a safer environment for the children. 

The last months have also seen a very welcome refurbishment to the children’s home which has included the opening of a new sensory room to meet the developmental needs of the children.  Many of the children we care for are so severely disabled, that we wanted to invest in this specialist equipment to provide them the most suitable environment to grow in.  With a mix of lights, sensory toys, fiber optics, a ball pool, and soft play mats, it's the perfect environment for many of our children to develop, and a long term dream come true.

In addition to the exciting new sensory room, the home has been re-painted and re-tiled!  Our school room is looking bright and cheerful, we have new disability accessible ramps around the site (a rarity in Haiti), a basket ball net for wheelchair basketball and much more!  

The kids are loving the new home and with over 100 children on the scheme there's plenty more work to be done!  Perhaps the best way to see how you've helped support a range of changes is through a recent film our team in Haiti made.  It's only short and is definitely a good use of two minutes of your time.  Check it out now:  http://haitihospitalappeal.org/news/2011/06/change/

If you'd like to continue supporting this urgent work, please contact us today or make a donation via Globalgiving. It's only thanks to you that such positive change is being made!  Thanks again, and please keep up the great support.

Children
Children's home solar panels
Kid
Kid's room

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