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Affordable Health & Dental Care in Rural Haiti

by Haiti Outreach Pwoje Espwa (H.O.P.E.)
Affordable Health & Dental Care in Rural Haiti
Affordable Health & Dental Care in Rural Haiti
Affordable Health & Dental Care in Rural Haiti
Affordable Health & Dental Care in Rural Haiti
Affordable Health & Dental Care in Rural Haiti
Affordable Health & Dental Care in Rural Haiti
Affordable Health & Dental Care in Rural Haiti
Affordable Health & Dental Care in Rural Haiti
Affordable Health & Dental Care in Rural Haiti
Affordable Health & Dental Care in Rural Haiti
Affordable Health & Dental Care in Rural Haiti
Affordable Health & Dental Care in Rural Haiti
Kenny Belony, Head of ASB Hospital
Kenny Belony, Head of ASB Hospital's lab

As you may know, health facilities in rural areas of developing countries rarely treat patients in the hospital alone. Doctors and nurses must often travel out into the field during mobile medical missions to reach their community. H.O.P.E.'s mobile clinics in particular, treat up to 300 patients at a time; this can make record-keeping quite challenging for staff, which must retrieve current or assign new patient numbers for the residents they are treating, ultimately putting patient information at-risk for being lost somewhere during the process.

Over the years, ASB Hospital and dental clinic have taken great steps to ensure patient information is collected accurately and tracked on-site, so that residents can begin to build a comprehensive patient file that shows the full picture of their needs. H.O.P.E.'s executive director, Rose-Marie Chierici recently visited Borgne in April while the team's medical record keeping was being evaluated by Haiti's Ministry of Health. She shared that the MOH praised Dr. Thony and his staff at ASB for their  exceptional efforts, and gave them a score of 85/100, an incredible feat for any hospital in Haiti, much less a rural community hospital of their size and location.

As a donor, your support provides ASB hospital with the necessary resources the staff needs to continue providing the best-possible patient care, which includes keeping good records for accurate future treatment. Naturally, Dr. Thony always strives for 100% and believes whole-heartedly in the capacity of his staff. He has already met with the team to discuss the feedback from the MOH, and prepare a strategy for improvement.

We are so proud of this team, an so grateful for your role in their progress as sponsors to this work. Onward and upward!

 

Thank you,
Team H.O.P.E.

 

Record-keeping during Mobile Medical clinics
Record-keeping during Mobile Medical clinics

Since November, Haitians have been enduring increasibly violent civil unrest across the entire country. While Borgne is quiet, the community is almost completely isolated from the rest of the country. However, a humanitarian corridor has remained for emergencies and has allowed hospital staff to return home to their families, briefly, as well as return to work to assist with the growing need in the community.

We think it's important that you know that your support during Giving Tuesday and beyond has allowed ASB Hospital to remain a stable hub for residents in the commune of Borgne. As of right now, we have the only functioning health center in our region, which makes ASB Hospital an incredibly important resource during this growing humanitarian crisis as well. 

We will continue to monitor the needs on the ground, and while things are settling down, we expect a long and painful period as we rebuild during shortages of medicine and medical supplies and spiraling inflation. But please know that your support has helped ASB Hopsital to maintain positive forward motion going into this crisis.

Our staff in Borgne continue to amaze us everyday with their strength and clever workarounds during this challenging time. They are all so grateful for your kindness, and for believing in their work. We would not have been in as good of shape as we are at this point without it, and we cannot say thank you enough. 

We look forward to sharing more with you as the dust settles. 

To reach the community we must finish on-foot
To reach the community we must finish on-foot

H.O.P.E. board member and long-time volunteer, Dr. Stephen Burgart, took a team to Haiti to offer additional dental services, deliver medical supplies, and host a mobile medical clinic in the mountains. The trip was not without hiccups, as their return to the airport required travel by sea this time around. The boat experienced mechanical issues and the team had to be rescued by the coast guard and escorted by police to catch their flight. Travel to Borgne often requires flexibility and comes with surprises of all kinds. The biggest one of all? The report from Dr. Thony that the mobile medical clinic was able to treat over 300 patients over 2 days -- so great!

Special thanks to Dr. Bill Hurtt, Aaron Hurtt, Dr. Marc Rossow, Dr. Jerome Jean-Gillis, Dr. Gary Berson, and Mike Burgart for their time and dedication to the community of Borgne. These volunteers give of their time, talent and treasure to travel to Haiti assist H.O.P.E. with delivering affordable healthcare to the community, and could not do so without the additional support of donors like you.

 

Thank you!

Patients sign-in to receive treatment
Patients sign-in to receive treatment
Volunteers and H.O.P.E. staff sort medication
Volunteers and H.O.P.E. staff sort medication
A pregnant mother and her son receive treatment
A pregnant mother and her son receive treatment

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Haiti Outreach Pwoje Espwa (H.O.P.E.)

Location: Rochester, NY - USA
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Twitter: @hopehaitiorg
Project Leader:
Christine Burkhart
Rochester, NY United States
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