In case you missed it in our recent Director’s Blog, our annual report is out! We are proud to feature some of the work Konbit Sante has been a part of this year. Here are a couple of highlights from the report. We hope you, too, will enjoy reading about the work our organization has been doing in Cap-Haitien, Haiti.
Thank you, once again, for all your support throughout the year and we look forward to more of it in the next year!
We wish you and your families a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season.
Vaccines are an integral part of the public health system. They assist in preventing the spread of contagious and deadly diseases such as measles, polio, mumps, chicken pox, whooping cough, diphtheria, human papillomavirus, and more. In this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become even more clear that vaccinations save lives. The community health workers at Konbit Sante’s partner healthcare facilities work hard to ensure that the people of Haiti receive their necessary vaccinations.
In 2018, funded by a grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Konbit Sante supported the opening of a pediatric services building at Justinien University Hospital (JUH), its oldest healthcare partner in Northern Haiti. The pediatric services building includes separate wards for neonates, infants, children and adolescents, as well as exam rooms, a triage area, and two isolation rooms for the treatment of patients with highly contagious diseases. The opening of this facility represented a major step forward for the hospital in its efforts to serve the needs of the community.
Konbit Sante strives to consider the sustainability of projects that it puts in place, meaning that the job is not considered complete simply because a building has been erected. With that in mind, upon learning of challenges the pediatric facility was facing such as a broken water pumping system, poor ventilation, and frequent power outages, Konbit Sante decided to follow up to provide additional support. As one can imagine, the current set up can result in difficult working conditions which may place the lives of patients at risk.
The scope of the new project includes a number of tasks: (1) repurposing of an existing solar panel array (2) repairing of the water pumping system, (3) installation of air filters for the building’s ventilation system, and (4) the training of the facility’s staff to utilize the new resources efficiently and effectively. The project is estimated to be completed next year.