Teamwork Time! Haiti Health Network Team Active in Five Departments January 2021

On December 31, 2020, the latest container we shipped into Haiti cleared customs.  The team immediately went to work to unload and distribute the contents to key partners in the Northern part of Haiti.  It took two entire days to safely unload and move large items to hospitals and into our office space in Cap Haitien.

On January 3, US biomed and Dalton Foundation employee David Kuhajda arrived in Haiti to join the Haitian team to begin installation and training on all of the key items.  We’ve learned over the years that shipping containers to a country like Haiti is the easy part.  The hardest part is to make sure that every piece of equipment gets to where it needs to go, installation is complete, and all clinical and technical staff are trained.  That was the mission for David and Haitian biomed Evenel Osias over the next seven days.  In that time, they visited 10 facilities and installed and trained 25 people on over 44 pieces of key medical equipment.  It was a blur but all in all a huge success!  We are very grateful for everyone on the team who made sure every detail was covered.  From forklift rental to feeding the crew lunch, everyone played a key role in making this mission a success.

We’d like to especially thank our partner Konbit Sante for their support with importing and distribution.  We could not do what we do without partnerships!

Phase two of container content distribution was focused on the Northwest portion of Haiti and The Equipping the Caregivers Project.  In the midst of a driving rainstorm, the team was able to distribute 34 facility kits, 25 physician kits, and 100 RN kits to providers in this very remote part of Haiti.  These kits contained vital diagnostic medical equipment that is needed by front line primary care providers.  It is our passion to support these hard-working healthcare professionals that strive to care for the Haiti people every day.  We’ll be following up at the 60-day mark to see how these kits have impacted their ability to care for patients.

In early January, while the team in Northern Haiti was delivering and installing medical equipment, our In country coordinator, Djail Covksy Aimable was down in the Nippes Department collecting data and assessing needs in that region.  Back in the US, Our Data coordinator, Emmanuella Tonaime was completing audits on the Artibonite Department to get ready for analysis and printing.  The demographics and service data we are obtaining is available for all to use throughout Haiti.  Our goal is to create awareness of all of the great healthcare that is happening in Haiti and to support the healthcare providers on the front lines.  If you are looking for any type of healthcare service in Haiti please visit reLinkGlobalHealth.org- Solving Healthcare Delivery Challenges.

A big thank you to our Haiti Country coordinator, Marie-Claire Charles for orchestrating all of these activities.  The thanks and feedback we’ve received from our partners has been encouragement for the team.  The team is truly making an impact on patient care in Haiti.  Stay tuned as we gather folow up data over the next few months to monitor effectiveness and make improvements to our programs.