C.U.R.E. Clinics - Haiti
About the Trip
Project C.U.R.E. partners with organizations around the world in delivering health and hope to populations in need. In Haiti, we have several partnerships and with them have delivered 56 containers with a value of $19,027,063.57 in medical supplies since the year 2000. We have conducted multiple C.U.R.E. Clinic trips to Haiti, but this will be our first trip with our Haitian partners Alma Mater Hospital (HAM). In June of 2018, Project C.U.R.E. shipped the third container to HAM and at that time they requested a C.U.R.E. Clinic. The mission of Hôpital Alma Mater is to provide quality preventive and curative care 24hrs every day, to all patients regardless of age, gender, origin, or religious belief from the moment of conception until death. There is a true opportunity to strengthen this already amazing hospitals resources. Their catchment serves approximately 140,000 people. They have a robust network of health promoters. There are several dispensaries connected to the hospital where babies are born, people are treated and from which house calls are made. Our C.U.R.E. Clinic will visit both the hospital and rural sites and work alongside Alma Mater Staff and local nurses and doctors. Services provided will include primary care; education; process improvement in addition to many other interventions. Haiti has the highest reported incidence of cervical cancer of any country in the world, with 94 cases per 100,000 population. Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in Haitian women with an estimated 1,500 deaths annually. Interestingly, HAM is home to an incredible cervical cancer screen and treat program.
Alma Mater Hospital also hosted a robust Helping Babies Breathe program for matrons (traditional birth attendants), nurses, midwives and physicians. We will be conducting a refresher course for previously trained “providers” led by Haitian Master Trainers.
This is a great opportunity for Biomedical Professionals, Supply Chain Management, Community Health workers, hospital administrators and non-medical personnel to make an impact! In addition to our medical services and education, we will assist with organizational projects, inventory control and monitoring.
About the Country
Haiti's history is one of triumph and tragedy. Originally, it was the home of Taino Indians, who had a proud culture. Sadly, the natives were completely wiped out by Spanish settlers within 25 years of Columbus' discovery of the island nation of Hispaniola in 1492. Haiti then suffered through centuries of oppression and colonization by western powers, including the French who brought African slaves to help turn the colony into one of its most lucrative in the New World. Finally, in the late 18th Century, Haiti's half-million slaves revolted under Touissant l'Overtoure and threw out Napoleon's French. Haiti declared independence in 1804, the first successful black slave revolt in the world. The successful slave rebellion was a source of inspiration and pride to American slaves during the Civil War, including John Brown and Frederick Douglass.
Today, Haiti is a country of contrasts: beauty and promise on the one hand, and abject poverty and disease on the other. It remains the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. A trip to the shantytowns surrounding Port-au-Prince yields horrific visions of raw sewage running in the streets, blue-helmeted UN soldiers on patrol, and masses of malnourished people scrounging for food. Just 28% of its population of 9 million people has access to adequate sanitation. The life expectancy of a healthy male born in Haiti today is just 44 years of age. In 2005, more than 53% of female adults were infected with the HIV virus. Literacy hovers at around 50% of the adult population and joblessness and homelessness are rampant. There are at least 200,000 children living in orphanages around the country, with many thousands more roaming the streets or forced into slavery or prostitution.
However, we are also at a promising moment in Haiti's history. Encouraged by what is arguably the most stable government in Haiti's history, businesses, including luxury hotels and manufacturers, are starting to reinvest in Haiti. There is significant momentum and energy coming off the devastation of the January 2010 Quake. The Haitian government has invested heavily in tourism, a traditional driver of Haiti’s economy. National highways have improved dramatically, and an emphasis is being placed on rebuilding Haiti’s agriculture. A state of the art teaching hospital has opened in Mirebalais, thanks to a visionary partnership between the Haitian government, Partners in Health and large American foundations. While illiteracy, deforestation, and cholera continue to plague Haiti, miraculous strides have been made against infectious diseases such as AIDS and tuberculosis. Many believe that Haiti is at a crossroads, and it’s hopeful, generous people are on the verge of transformative change.
About the Program Cost
Your tax-deductible donation to participate on a Project C.U.R.E. Clinics Trip to Haiti is $2,000. This program cost covers all accommodations, meals, clean water, and transportation once in-country, including buses/cars/taxies, fuel costs, drivers and tips. Program costs also include the coverage of translators, medications, C.U.R.E. Kits, Kits for Kids, travel and evacuation insurance, Safe Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) with the State Department, visa fees, medical license transfer procedures, departure travel packet with Project C.U.R.E. scrub set, and all associated shipping costs. Additionally, tour guides and small touristic excursions and activities are included. Please note: international flights, alcohol, internet access, laundry, and personal souvenirs are not covered in the program cost.
You will have the opportunity to arrange your own international airfare to and from Haiti. International airfare and baggage fees are NOT included in the program cost. Find suggested flight itineraries here.
Suggested Trip Itinerary
Day 1: Your excursion begins as you depart on an overnight flight to Port au Prince, Haiti. Land the morning and journey north to the Artibonite region where we will serve. Spend the evening in Gros Morne, Haiti.
Day 2: Breakfast with the team before heading to the hospital for a tour. First day at the Hospital!
Day 3: Second day at the Hospital. You got this. It’s been rewarding work thus far and you are getting to know Haiti, some of the health challenges and our hosts.
Day 4: Third day at the Hospital! You’ve done a lot of great work. At the end of the day, high fives all around for the wonderful service you dedicated to the people of Gros Mome, Haiti
Day 5: Fourth day. We will be wrapping up team projects and coordinating educational planning. Dinner will be special as we will celebrate the great work.
Day 6: You’ve earned a day off. It’s time to take in some at the beach!
Day 7: Time to say farewell to Haiti. You’ve delivered on your promise of bringing health and hope, made new friends both Haitian and American and are traveling home better for the experience. Congratulations!
Recommended Reading Relevant to Trip:
Mountains Beyond Mountains, The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World is a non-fiction, biographical work by American writer Tracy Kidder.