It’s no surprise that Haiti has some of the poorest health statistics in the world, particularly when you consider the catastrophic earthquake of 2010. But, what many don’t know is that Haiti’s health care has always been quite dismal. The earthquake just compounded an already horrifying situation.
Currently, there are 120,000 Haitians living with HIV/AIDS – that’s higher than any other country in North or South America. In 2010, cholera outbreaks became an epidemic because of the absence of clean water and sanitation. Tuberculosis in Haiti is also an epidemic at 306 cases per 100,000 people. In the U.S., the rate is only about three cases for every 100,000 people.
Lack of a quality health care infrastructure contributes to Haiti’s poor health status. With the majority of Haitians residing in rural areas like Grand-Bois, most don’t have access to even the most basic health services.
Through the hard work and commitment of volunteers and the generous support of donors, ServeHAITI has been able to construct a major, two-story heath clinic in Grand-Bois. Led by medical director, Dr. Leopold Florent Bourgouin, the St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP) Health Center serves over 13,000 patients annually (including about 400 births and 500 in-patients). The Center has treated thousands of cholera patients and saved innumerable lives through direct patient care and education about sanitation and hygiene.
Through an award funded by USAID under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief-New Partner’s Initiative (PEPFAR-NPI, 2006-2010), the health center has done work in HIV education, voluntary counseling and testing, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and care of patients living with HIV/AIDS. After 2010, ServeHAITI continues to support over 40 HIV positive patients and their families.
How You Can Help the Health Center
- Give a donation toward the purchase of equipment and medical supplies
- Donate medical supplies.
- Volunteer. If you’re a health professional or have interest in health care regardless of your background, join our medical volunteers. To volunteer please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, Liz McDermott
- CME – Learn how you can help out with our Continuing Medical Education Program.