Community Health Program
A child and a family’s health affect everything. Community members recognize this, “Because my community is far from the only clinic for the area, people do not have a doctor to take care of them when they are sick. Many women must give birth at home without a professional and they suffer a lot. But if I am a health agent I can help them get to the hospital. I can save their life.” –Health Agent candidate, Mondesir Jean Remy
The Colorado Haiti Project partners with the community of Petit Trou to strengthen health care for the region.
In 2013, the Colorado Haiti Project signed an unprecedented memorandum of understanding with the community of Petit Trou, the Haitian Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) an the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti to build a comprehensive, responsive and equitable health system for the region in 5 to 7 years.
To date, we have accomplished:
In September 2014, the long time village health volunteers became official Community Health Aides, receiving training from the head nurse at the local clinic. The women support local health workers to expand their reach in the area and improve health.
In 2014, the Colorado Haiti Project helped install solar panels on the local clinic to ensure consistent access to electricity. Lack of such a basic need was one hurdle the local clinic faced.
In 2013 and 2014, the Colorado Haiti Project launched Health Providers for Haiti, which introduced new partners from Colorado to the health work in Petit Trou. We plan on continuing our outreach to medical professionals that want to work in the model of transformational development.
With a grant from an anonymous donor, we are ready to begin training of 19 additional Health Agents. These individuals are frontline public health workers who have a close understanding of the community they serve. This trusting relationship enables them to serve as a liaison between the local health services and the community and facilitate access to much needed services..
With the partnership of Boulder Community Health, the new Community Health Aides and the Health Agents will be trained and equipped with lifesaving first aid kits in 2015.