Port Au Prince is the largest city in the Caribbean nation of Haiti. Haiti is also the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. As witnessed during the January 2010 earthquake, Haiti is one of the most vulnerable nations in the world. Access to healthcare is limited. This city of one million citizens is grossly under-served by its one public hospital. The city also lacks a rescue service or a coordinated EMS education system. Public first aid or First Responder training is nearly non-existent.
EMPACT Haiti, (also known as the course "PAPMO") has been working in Haiti since 2010. PAPMO graduated Haiti's first class of EMT's in September of 2011. EMPACT trained EMT's now work full time coverage at Bernard Mevs Hospital. After contributing to a grass roots Haitian EMS community in 2011, we hoped to create a sister organization in 2012. EMPACT Haiti has been created and is now operated by Haitian stakeholders who will develop and manage the future of emergency services in Port Au Prince.
In 2013, EMPACT Haiti will develop a French language EMT curriculum based on US standards. This course will be utilized to educate thousands. As PAPMO develops, it is the vision of EMPACT Haiti to continue First Responder education. PAPMO Education is available to Haitian citizens or government agencies free of charge. Trained citizens and officials will not only increase emergency response capacity, they will also demand increased development of hospital and other emergency service systems.