St. Camille Hospital

Country: Haiti
Location: Port Au Prince
Beneficiaries: indigent patients both children and adults

Nature of the project

Health Care

The Project

In the aftermath of the earthquake of January 12th 2010, the PRO.SA Foundation with other organizations have mobilized to provide aid to the affected population, supporting the St. Camillus Children's Hospital and the correlated activities such as the feeding center, the center for disabled children and the primary school. The hospital built according to the anti-earthquake rules, despite having suffered some severe damages.  It continued to give health care to thousands of people injured. A hospital with 100 beds that during the first two days of after quake; it cured and discharged 500 people. In three years the hospital has changed its appearance. The needs of the population have led to the decision of expanding the hospital with new departments and not, therefore, be limited to children. The construction of the new wing is still in progress. The new emergency room, funded by the PRO.SA Foundation was completed in March 2013. In large rooms the equipment needed for minor surgery, very short stays, and screenings were fitted, everything that a proper emergency room must have.

A project is in progress for prevention, as well as care for the infants, the most exposed and vulnerable population. It is expected to be able to treat 400 to 500 children a week. Screening, diagnosis and treatment in time is the best way to prevent child illnesses and diseases of all types and levels.

Since the beginning of 2012 is also operating a new analysis laboratory. The lab instruments, which was funded by the PRO.SA Foundation and the National Institutes of Health in Maryland (USA).
The number of patients who have access to the service of diagnoses and laboratory has quadrupled compared to what was possible before the renovation. The hospital was also replenished with new X-ray equipment.

There are very many sick people who can not get to the St. Camillus Hospital, because they are unable to take the means of transportation or because they can not afford. To allow everyone to get to the hospital and ensure adequate health care, the PRO.SA Foundation has donated hospital two new IVECO ambulances. Besides the health care assistant, each of them allows transport of 4 trauma patients simultaneously or, alternatively, of 6 people in designated seat.

Currently, Cholera is not an emergency, but remains an endemic disease, since the general sanitary conditions are severely lacking. At St. Camillus is still operating the compound of cholera. Currently it is home to a few patients, some very young. Prevention is simple: water purification, drinking boiled water or packed sealed bottles, eliminating raw vegetables or easily contaminated food, personal hygiene (hand washing) and sanitation. All normal things that are for us, but are not easy to be achieved in a country like Haiti.

The Context

In January 2010, from the day when the catastrophic earthquake struck Haiti, causing over 222,000 deaths and affecting more than 3 million people, despite more than three years have passed by, the Haitian health system has not improved, in fact appears to be further devastated. Since then Haiti has experienced recurrent outbreaks of cholera, aggravated with the passage of Hurricanes Isaac and Sandy. Cholera has affected nearly 23,000 people, a fraction of which has been able to receive assistance in the few treatment centers in the capital. Even today, despite the decline in the number of cases, the disease is always present. Moreover although the population has no access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation and cholera treatment has not been integrated into the structures of public health. There are a few public hospitals and it would probably be better not get into. The humanitarian organizations make up for what they can. The largest of the socio-economic problems still presented is certainly that of public education and an illiteracy rate of 37.9%. Many schools of all levels barely manage to teach children how to read and write properly, because the teaching staffs have little training. The university education is the preserve of the wealthy few who will continue to secure privileges. The third crucial issue is the economy. It is still a subsistence economy, which only guarantees the survival of the majority of the population, in fact, 55% live on less than U.S. $ 1.25 a day and 72.1% of the remaining 45% live on U.S. $ 2 a day.

Help us 

To give life to the screening program and the care for the children of Haiti