CMMB – Healthier Lives Worldwide Opens First Hospital in Côtes-de-Fer, Haiti
On Monday, March 20, 2017, the people in Côtes-de-Fer, in the Southeast region of Haiti had their wishes for a healthcare facility come to fruition. A new health center equipped with the latest technology in the field was finally opened. The remote rural village of some 50,000 residents has never had its own health facility and residents used to travel for hours to reach the nearest health center. All that changed when the Catholic Medical Mission Board, CMMB - Healthier Lives Worldwide, an international NGO providing long-term, community-based medical and development aid to communities affected by poverty and unequal access to healthcare joined with Mercy Health a catholic healthcare system from Ohio and Kentucky (US) to build a new facility in the region to serve the local population. The resulting Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan Center for Health was built with a $2 million grant from Mercy Health on land donated by the community, in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Population, which will provide technical and support staff. The new hospital is expected to provide facilities for safe deliveries and surgeries, antenatal, postnatal and pediatric care as well as emergency care and pharmacy services. Over the next 10 years, CHAMPS plan to add dental and ophthalmology facilities, staff housing and a community center to serve as a resource for community and staff to facilitate access to health information, as well as a training institution for physicians and nurses. The health center is named after Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan, a CMMB board Chairman who devoted his life advocating for and serving the poorest and most marginalized members of society, and was instrumental in the organization’s response to the 2010 earthquake. Dr. Dianne Jean-François, CMMB’s Country Director in Haiti, mused that the new facility will “make it possible to deliver high quality care in an area where many residents do not have access to treatment” and with the active involvement of the community, the center will strengthen the local health system in a long term and sustainable way. Groundbreaking for the hospital occurred in February 2015. During Hurricane Matthew in October of 2016, the hospital’s main building sheltered 40 residents whose homes had been destroyed. The first patient was seen shortly hereafter.
Publier le : 25/03/2017 Auteur : Dela Harlley
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