Expand Physical Therapy Services in Haiti

by Health Volunteers Overseas
Expand Physical Therapy Services in Haiti
Expand Physical Therapy Services in Haiti
Expand Physical Therapy Services in Haiti
Expand Physical Therapy Services in Haiti
Expand Physical Therapy Services in Haiti
Expand Physical Therapy Services in Haiti
Expand Physical Therapy Services in Haiti
Expand Physical Therapy Services in Haiti
Working together to improve care.
Working together to improve care.

Thank you for your support of the Haitian Physical Therapy Society (SHP) through Health Volunteers Overseas. The year ended on a positive, productive note, with trainings conducted on project management, a multidisciplinary conference held on rehabilitation, meetings held with hospitals to acquaint them with physical therapy and provide them with referral information, as well as meetings with communities to build awareness of the profession and the benefits of accessing services.

With support from donors like you through HVO, SHP has had many accomplishments in the last year, including the establishment of physical therapy services at a hospital in Haiti’s capital area. Working to expand the availability of care and advocate for the profession of physical therapy, SHP met with the board of the local hospital on several occasions, presenting information on the value of PT services. This information led the hospital board to set-up a physical therapy department. Members of the SHP worked with the hospital to set up the physical therapy room and recommend equipment and supplies for purchase. They worked with medical staff to familiarize them with which patients to refer for physical therapy, and then the SHP worked with the hospital to interview and hire a physical therapist. In November, the hospital began providing physical therapy services and, in the initial months, they received 31 patients.

With this promising start, SHP is hopeful that other hospitals will begin setting up physical therapy departments, and they have already met with most of the hospitals and clinics in the capital that have rehabilitation care. They are collaborating with these institutions to develop a manual that provides information on available services, contact information, etc. In the year ahead, they will begin targeting institutes in the northern and southern parts of the country.

Thank you for your support of the Haitian Physical Therapy Society through HVO; it is making great strides in developing the profession in Haiti and in building awareness of the need for physical therapy services.

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Physical Therapists at work in Haiti
Physical Therapists at work in Haiti

The last couple of months have been busy for the Haitian Physical Therapy Association, SHP (Société Haïtienne de Physiothérapie). In early September, they hosted a meeting for 80 participants, composed of clinical and political leaders, to share information on the health system and build awareness of the role of physical therapy within the health system and in healthy living. 

The association’s VP traveled to neighboring Dominican Republic to meet with their PT association and share information on developing best practices within the profession. She also met with the university dean who is establishing a doctoral level program in physical therapy to discuss ways in which Haitians might participate.

Officers of SHP have been recruiting candidates for upcoming election of new association officers and, in the process, increasing interest in becoming more involved with the association. Officers are also busy completing the necessary documents for formal application for member nation recognition from WCPT (World Confederation for Physical Therapy), the global “voice” of the profession. Two SHP leaders were able to attend the annual conference last July, held in South Africa, where they were able to gain support for Haiti’s membership and build networks with other countries’ associations.

Members of SHP acknowledged World Physical Therapy Day through several radio and television interviews, which gave them a national platform to share information about the importance of physical therapy and how it can be used most effectively in an interdisciplinary manner in health care settings.

Planning and budgeting for the year ahead has also been underway as the association sets priorities for mentoring, develops strategies for organizational and membership growth, sets guidelines for international meeting attendance, and explores ways of increasing their contact with the Ministries of Health and Professional Education.

Thank you for your support in developing the physical therapy profession in Haiti!

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Beth MacNairn
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Beth MacNairn
Deputy Director
Washington, DC United States

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