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...
Dec 16, 2014

"A Season of Support"

Jean-Pierre and his wife moving into new home
Jean-Pierre and his wife moving into new home

It has been a busy few months at the rehab centre, with the facility being at full capacity of patients solidly for three months. The rehab centre have also benefitted from several international volunteers over the past few months, including a physiotherapist from the UK and two occupational therapists who work for our partner organisation THHT (The Haiti Health Trust). They provided staff with training in relation to stroke patients, including new assessment techniques to test patients’ cognitive abilities. A team from the Swiss Paraplegic Foundation also spent a period of three weeks at the rehab facility, particularly focusing on adapting and fixing wheelchairs with better positioning for all patients, and helping with the physiotherapy for outpatients which can number up to forty in one morning. We are also excited to welcome back Sibille, a physiotherapist from Switzerland who has worked with the rehab centre since the beginning, and who is now living and working in Haiti for a year. We are so grateful to all our supporters, those who are able to come to the hospital and serve our staff and patients in person, but also those who enable them to come and commit to supporting the hospital from afar as without you, we would be unable to continue to change the lives of patients, for example that of Jean-Pierre.

Jean-Pierre, who has been a patient in the rehab centre for the past 16 months after a motor accident rendered him paralysed, is moving into a house mid-December, just in time for Christmas. The staff helped him to find a house in the local area, and have helped with adaptations so it is fully wheelchair accessible. Although we’re sure he’ll be back in the rehab centre for the Christmas party –  patients have been making decorations for more than a week, and are looking forward to sharing a meal and music together this week.

On behave of all of our team, and the patients we are privileged to serve, thank you for making 2014 a wonderful year.  We hope you will feel encouraged by the difference you have made.  May we close by wishing you a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

With much love and thanks

All the HHA team

Wheelchairs donated by Swiss Paraplegic Foundation
Wheelchairs donated by Swiss Paraplegic Foundation

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Dec 16, 2014

'A New Family'

Freddie, looking much happier after treatment
Freddie, looking much happier after treatment

Simon arrived at the Maison de Benediction (our children’s respite home) in March of this year. He had been referred to us by friends of the hospital, Second Mile, an organisation which provides education and care for malnourished children and their mothers. Simon’s mum has learning difficulties and despite going through the programme at Second Mile three times, Simon was not putting on weight when he was at home and it became obvious that his mother was unable to care for him.

Simon also has minor learning difficulties and Nancie, the head of the Maison de Benediction was contacted to find a foster mother for him, as his mother agreed that she should give him up. Simon was registered in the foster care system, and Jennie, a warm mother of two offered to foster Simon. When he first came to the Maison at 13 months, he was severely underweight and was unable to support himself. Under the diligent care of the Maison carers, weekly assessments from the chief medical director at the hospital and loving home with Jennie, Simon has been able to thrive. Now as he approaches his second birthday he is a happy, healthy boy, sitting by himself who loves playing with the other children at the Maison.

The hospital also had its first surgical team come to perform minor surgeries last month, and one of the beneficiaries was Freddie, an eight year-old from the Maison. He had had a painful abscess on his neck for a week, however the surgical team were able to drain it and within the space of an afternoon, Freddie was feeling a lot better. This is why we are hugely grateful to all our supporters, especially those that come and share their medical expertise with our Haitian staff and serve our patients.

On behave of all of our team, and the patients we are privileged to serve, thank you for making 2014 a wonderful year.  We hope you will feel encouraged by the difference you have made.  May we close by wishing you a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

With much love and thanks

All the HHA team

Simon has thrived at the Maison since his arrival.
Simon has thrived at the Maison since his arrival.

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Dec 16, 2014

'A Rainy Birth'

Marcus, one of our twelve community health agents
Marcus, one of our twelve community health agents

There was a period in November when it rained constantly for three days, resulting in flooding in central Cap Haitien. One night during this time, out in the rural area near the hospital, one of the Traditional Birth Attendants (TBA) in the training programme funded by HHA was with a pregnant woman who was displaying signs of a problematic birth, bleeding excessively. Knowing that there could be a danger to both mother and baby if she were to give birth at home, the TBA notified the community health agent for the area, Marcus.

Marcus, having learnt how to deal with such scenarios as part of his training, knew to call the ambulance to transport the patient to hospital but because of the turbulent weather he was unable to get through. Time was getting on, and transporting the patient on a motorbike would have been too risky, so Marcus and the TBA assisted the patient to get to the hospital on foot in the dark and pouring rain. They arrived, drenched, at three o’clock in the morning. The hospital staff in the maternity ward were able to give the lady the care she needed and she gave birth safely to a healthy boy two hours later.

Marcus is very proud of this case as it shows how communication and an established community network can lead to safe deliveries. He explains “we saved two lives that day. We need to care for pregnant women because they are not just one person, but two.” This is such an exciting story as it shows how our community health programme, making use of community health agents and traditional birth attendants, is effectively helping Haitians to give birth safely, and we look forward to hearing many more stories like this one.

On behave of all of our team, and the patients we are privileged to serve, thank you for making 2014 a wonderful year.  We hope you will feel encouraged by the difference you have made.  May we close by wishing you a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

With much love and thanks

All the HHA team

At one of our mobile clinics
At one of our mobile clinics

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