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Haiti Healthcare Facility | mapping project

In order to truly understand the healthcare landscape and identify the most critical challenges affecting health care delivery in Haiti, the reLink Global Health team has been systematically mapping healthcare facilities in Haiti.  This project has 2 phases.  The first phase was a broad stroke of data collection that identified health care facilities around the island and the services they offered.  This first phase is completed for all 10 departments and mush of the data is searchable and free to the public.  It is our desire that it be utilized to connect patients quickly with any healthcare service they may need.  This can be viewed through our Haiti Services Finder.  The second phase of this project is a detailed capacity mapping of each healthcare facility.  In partnership with the Ministry of Health, our Haitian leadership team is collecting detailed data in areas related to access to key medications, access to electricity, the extent of medical equipment possession, staffing capacity and more.  This detailed data is key to understanding the challenges that healthcare providers face each day as they work to deliver quality care to their patients.  Currently, we have completed this data collection in the Nord and Nord Est departments and have published printed directories for all facilities to foster collaboration even when internet access is not possible.  Plans for 2020 are to complete Nord Ouest, Centre, Artibonite, Sud, Sud est, Nippes, and Grande Anse departments.

Project Impact

EQUIPMENT MODERNIZATION & STANDARDIZATION | Northern Haiti

Phase 1 Impact

5 Community Hospitals

38 Clinics

125 Physicians

249 Nurses

2500 Daily Patients

Phase 1 – Equipping the Caregivers

Equip all participating Nord Est Department physicians and nurses working in smaller, community-based clinics with appropriate basic medical equipment along with both clinical and maintenance training to ensure the healthcare professionals have the tools necessary for quality patient care and the ability to treat commonly encountered conditions like hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and respiratory infections. Metrics and indicators will be put in place and collected quarterly to measure the impact on numbers of patients that can be seen, diagnosed, appropriately referred, and treated in a timely manner. By collecting preliminary capacity data and quarterly data from participating healthcare providers the goal is to measure the impact on access to care and quality of care as part of Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) for this program. Based on the results, the plan is to formulate new partnerships and expand this program to the rest of Haiti.

All equipment selected for this program was either directly purchased in Haiti and/ or selected because it can be sustained with disposables from Haiti.

Kits Included:

  • Otoscope /Ophthalmoscope
  • Pulse oximeter
  • Sphygmomanometer for adults and children
  • Stethoscope
  • Thermometer
  • Nebulizer with tubing and albuterol
  • Reflex hammer
  • Blood glucose monitor with strips and lancets
  • relinkglobalhealth.org Healthcare Facility Reference
    Directory

Phase 2 – Equipping the Facilities (Through 2020)

Our Program Provides:

  • Update and verification of existing facility inventory
  • Strategic Planning to modernize and standardize critical medical equipment
  • Training for the preventative and ongoing maintenance services
  • Standardized equipment via donation or significantly reduced costs
  • Quarterly inspections and trainings from DFF bio-med
  • Ongoing training for Haitian Bio-medical technicians
  • Clinical training on all new devices introduced to the facility
  • Coordination of technical training on all new devices introduced to the facility
  • In-country replacement parts and spares for all standardized equipment
  • Select packages of standardized equipment for general patient care and some critical care departments

Each Facility Provides:

  • Hospital administration committed to the program and the value of appropriate medical equipment
  • Leadership commitment to maintaining inventories and scheduling all maintenance visits
  • A designated bio-medical employee in charge of identifying and reporting all program and equipment issues and technical training
  • Quarterly utilization and patient impact reports
  • Financial resources to help with shipping costs and purchasing of all supplies necessary to keep equipment operational
  • A willingness to have non-standardized equipment removed from the facility

Key Ongoing Partners for this project include:


Phase 2
Pilot Impact

Large urban pediatric specialty hospital in Port au Prince.  Two million in the catchment, services include…

    A

    Pediatric ER

    A

    Surgical Serivices

    A

    Large NICU

    A

    Diagnostic Imaging

    Rural community hospital.  500,000 in the catchment, services include…

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    ER

    A

    Surgical

    A

    Diagnostic Imaging

    A

    CCU