Project #3 Healthcare
One modern hospital in each department of Haiti
Haiti’s healthcare system is dying, due to the shortage of health workers, and the lack of good infrastructures, medicines and other health supplies in many parts of the country, especially in the rural areas. Today, “most of Haitians have no access to modern healthcare, and the current system is desperately inefficient” acknowledged Dr Gaston Deslouches, Director of Health Services for the South-East region. According to him, the weakness of the Haitian healthcare system is at all levels, primary, secondary, and third.
Only about 60% of Haiti's 8 million residents have access to any form of health care services, according to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). Most people rely on public facilities where they must pay a minimal fee based on income and family size.
Poor sanitation and hygiene, coupled with inadequate nutrition, have contributed to a high incidence of physical challenges, ranging from congenital deformities and amputations to stroke-related paralysis and head and spinal cord injuries, but there's no way of knowing what the prevalence is precisely, because of the paucity of data.
On paper, the Ministry of Health in Haiti (MSPP) is structured at the central and departmental levels, with a hospital in each department and a health center in every municipality. Because the health budget is low, this structure is not functional, and most of the “departmental” hospitals are run by nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).
Our goal is to establish a modern hospital in each department of Haiti, equipped with adequate doctors and other staff, equipment, medications, and supplies to address the unmet needs of Haiti’s people. By restoring health and preventing illness, these hospitals will contribute to the unification and renewal of hope and faith for the country’s improvement.