Nov 15, 2018

Container of Supplies for Health Needs in Haiti

Since 2001, Konbit Sante has been working in the greater Cap-Haitien area to improve the quality of care for its 25,000 residents. To accomplish this, we have partnered with four major health-care facilities in the Cap-Haitien area to identify and remedy the needs that compromise the quality of care.

One of our partner facilities is Haiti Convention Baptist Hospital (HCBH), managed by Haiti Hope Action and registered with the Haitia Ministry of Health. HCBH operates a spinal cord rehabiltation center, which was founded to help the hundreds of people who received spinal cord injuries in the 2010 earthquake. Today, it not only provides physical rehabiltation, it offers job placement services to its patients. This enables them to lead full, productive lives in a country where they would most likely be homeless, panhandling for food.

Konbit Sante purchases essential supplies and medicines for its partner facilities at lowest possible cost, and endeavors to fill three shipping containers per year. These containers contain everything from hospital beds and examination tables to emergency medical supplies and warming tables for premature infants. We only provide supplies that are requested and needed by our partners to ensure that nothing goes to waste.

Nov 6, 2018

Essential Medicines, Supplies Saving Newborns

This child was born moderately premature at Justinian University Hospital in Cap-Haitien, Haiti. Her lungs were underdeveloped, and she was only able to breath with the assistance of a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine, which helped keep her tiny alveoli (air sacs) open. Without the CPAP machine, she most certainly would have died. Now, however, she has a strong chance of living a normal life.

The CPAP machine was provided to JUH by Konbit Sante, and was purchased at the lowest possible cost using donations such as yours. By providing essential supplies, equipment, and medicines, the infant mortality rate at the hospital has decreased dramatically, especially among moderately premature infants. In 2016, 1 in 3 neonatals born moderately premature died at JUH; today, it’s 1 in 10.

We need additional funding to continue this important work at JUH, which is the largest public hospital in Cap-Haitien and the second-largest in the nation of Haiti. More than 1 million people seek care at this facility. However, essential medicines are not always available when needed due to lack of financial resources and an undependable supply chain. Even in emergency situations, patients' family members are expected to ask friends and family to contribute money and scour local pharmacies for supplies, losing valuable time. These are preventable deaths—if the medicines and supplies are available, the survival rate is much greater.

By ensuring that essential medicines and supplies are in stock at all times, we can help reduce the number of preventable newborn deaths to zero. We estimate that preventing ruptures of essential medicines and supplies will cost about $15,000 annually.

CPAP Machine
CPAP Machine

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    Sep 14, 2018

    Funding Goal Reached for Essential Health Clinic

    Thanks to generous donors like you, Konbit Sante, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that partners with medical facilities in north Haiti, has met its fundraising goal of $50,000 to complete construction of a new clinic in the impoverished area of Bande du Nord (Fort Bourgeois) near Cap-Haitien, Haiti. The clinic is essential for the residents’ future as a healthier, self-sustaining community.

    ULS (United de Lutte pour la Sante, or “Fighting Unit for Health”) has operated a primary care health center in Bande du Nord since 2010. Although Bande du Nord is not far from the urban center of Cap-Haitien, many of its 25,000 residents live on rural mountainsides and lack road access to other medical facilities. As it is the only fixed center for health care in the community, it is an essential component to providing emergency, preventative and primary care; medicines; immunizations; simple lab tests; ready-to-use therapeutic foods for the treatment and prevention of childhood malnutrition; and family planning and other services. The clinic serves an estimated 400 clients per month, and provides services whether patients can pay or not—often, the staff has worked on a volunteer basis when funds were low.

    The ULS clinic has leased a building that is not suitable for its needs but was initially made available at low cost. However, the current lease expires in December, and the owner wants to increase the rent. Konbit Sante has partnered with ULS since 2012, and has been raising funds to build a permanent clinic on land provided by the community as well as to support training and programs once the clinic opens. Konbit Sante also facilitated the involvement of professional engineers and architects who specialize in medical facilities; they volunteered their time to survey the land and design a simple yet effective facility with room for future expansion.

    Konbit Sante works with partners who have shown that they embrace the concept of building a health-care system with Haitian direction and management, and that can be sustained over the long-term. From ULS’ beginning, it has demonstrated that it has understood that positively impacting the health status of the community depends on more than just good medicine, and as a result has developed programs and services that support good nutrition, economic well-being and education. It also works closely with people of the community, including creating a community advisory board to help with its work.

    The procurement of $50,000 will be matched dollar for dollar by a generous anonymous donor. As $100,000 had been previous raised, enabling ULS to begin construction, we have now reached the $200,000 threshold needed to ensure that a gap in health care does not occur for the residents of Bande du Nord.

    For more information about Konbit Sante or ULS, visit konbitsante.org.

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