We have now installed 30 solar panels on the roof of the cancer center! The labor and panels were paid for with your hard-earned donations and we are truly grateful.
We are still looking for funds to buy the batteries and inverter, the most important parts. The inverter helps to switch between power sources like the generator and city power and solar panels. The batteries are $400 each, but they are big and strong and durable. This will set us up with electricity for five years!
The operating room is open as well thanks to your previous generosity. We have already performed over 30 life-saving cases in the operating room!
Please help us to get past the finish line and go green in Haiti! The country and the planet needs it.
We have already treated 120 women with breast cancer in 2019. There have been many days lost to protests in the streets that have made it difficult for staff and patients to come in. Our center has remained open and staff insist on making sure that at least one doctor and one nurse are always there for the patients.
In addition, our operating room is now operational! We have started doing mastectomies in the cancer center. This will greatly lower the cost of a surgery for patients and for the program donors. We still get around 20% of our program costs from patient payments based on a sliding scale, but no patient has ever been refused care for lack of funds. Finally, our chemotherapy costs have decreased by 20-30% in 2019 as a result of buying in more volumen and our main supplier has started manufacturing the chemotherapy themselves.
So we can treat more women for less money! Thanks for your support!
Mar 25, 2019
Breast Cancer Treatment
By Vincent DeGennaro - Executive Director
IHI treated 268 women with breast cancer in 2018. We have already treated 150 unique patients in 2019 as well. The program continues to grow by leaps and bounds. We are now offering full OB/GYN services including prenatal care, family planning, and cancer screening. We have received our ultrasound machine to screen and diagnose for breast cancer. Our operating room should be open soon! Stay tuned!
The chemotherapy program in Cap Haitien has opened as well with a generous donation for equipment and furniture from the US Department of Defense. We hope to treat all cancer patients from the North of Haiti in Cap Haitien. In addition, the pathology lab in Cap Haitien is moving quickly, improving quality, and delivering results.