Good News From Cap-Haitien
March 06, 2017
I am writing from the campus of the Justinian University Hospital, where the hospital re-opened on Friday, February 24 after a nationwide strike shut down 19 public hospitals in December. A presidential commission signed an agreement with the National Federation of Health Workers to end the strike and establish a new commission to negotiate salary adjustments for hospital health workers and review the status of contractual workers. The agreement also includes the creation of a National Commission for Health Reform and Hospital Services. Speaking of these developments, a physician at JUH stated: "We are very happy for the strike to end and get back to serving the community immediately."
Please RSVP online for the gathering at the Ocean Gateway in Portland on Friday, March 10. More information about our 15th Anniversary events is below. I look forward to seeing many of you in person!
Haiti Country Director
As a Preferred Partner of Direct Relief International (DRI), Konbit Sante is in the process of facilitating the ordering, reporting and in some cases the management of essential medicines. We are in the process of placing large orders for our four partnering health facilities, as well individual orders for Maternity and Pediatrics at the Justinien University Hospital.
We plan to continue to coordinate these orders on an ongoing quarterly basis, as we strive to ensure that basic medicines, supplies and equipment are available to all people who may require their use.
Konbit Sante is very pleased to partner with The Global Health Media Project to translate into Haitian Creole, and overdub the narration, of their high quality training videos to make them available to health workers and community members in Haiti. We discovered these videos while looking for visual educational materials as we conducted trainings on essential and emergency newborn care last year, and found these to be excellent. The training participants agreed and wanted to be able to show them to new mothers and staff.
Unfortunately none were available in Creole at the time, so this collaboration was born to meet that need, and now the first nine are available free online. We encourage you to spread the word and share with others who would find them useful. They will be showing in the waiting areas at the new pediatric services at the Justinian Hospital.
We hope this to be the beginning of a fruitful collaboration to increase available resources for health workers and families in Haiti. Watch the videos today!