The Health Category addresses all issues related to Health care in Haiti, starting with the availability of medical services for the Haitian population, where people can find health care in Haiti and also how to improve the system
By Dr. Gérard Alphonse Férère, Professor Emeritus, Saint Joseph's University.
As part of his vulgar and spurious statements against Haiti and her citizens, Donald Trump allegedly declared that "all Haitians have AIDS". Such erroneous statement would illustrate the level of his paroxysmal lack of information about that proud and loving people. Hereafter, a clear historical and scientific discussion of what I call "The truth about the introduction of AIDS from the U.S. to Haiti". It was in 1981 that two occurrences of the disease were formally confirmed in the continental United States, but it is believed that these were not necessarily the first. Soon after, in 1982, a most incorrect and unfortunate decision by the American medical authorities was made, when rushing to judgment, they indiscriminately included all Haitians among their so-called "high risk groups", together with homosexual men and I.V. drug users. In that regard, positions were taken and official statements made in very irresponsible manners by people who should have known better. As a consequence of their ignorance, their lack of sensitivity and their unscientific behavior, a whole nation was stigmatized. And still remains maligned, as proven by Donald Trump's alleged accusation.
Hôpital Sacré Coeur (HSC), a beacon of hope for the 250,000 people of Northern Haiti, is the largest private hospital in the North of Haiti. Located in the town of Milot, Haiti, the present day 200-bed hospital has been providing uninterrupted service for almost 30 years. The hospital started with Dr. Theodore Dubuque, Jr. when he visited Milot in 1986 from St. Louis to assess whether it was feasible to perform surgery at the 6-bed clinic with one physician and a single operating room. Till today, Dr. Theodore Dubuque, Jr. has made over 50 trips to Haiti to start and run this largest hospital in Haiti with financial support. Dubuque is the founder and past president of the CRUDEM Foundation, which supports Hôpital Sacré Coeur in Milot.
On August 19, 2016, the former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced a new approach by the United Nations to cholera in Haiti. In his statement, he indicated that the UN deeply regrets the terrible suffering the people of Haiti have endured as a result of the cholera epidemic and that the United Nations has a commitment and moral responsibility to the victims of the cholera epidemic and to support Haiti in overcoming the epidemic.
The United Nation's new approach is intended to intensify efforts to eliminate cholera from Haiti and assist and support those most directly affected. The approach consists two tracks.
Faculté des Sciences Infirmières de Université Episcopale d'Haïti or Faculty of Nursing Science of the Episcopal University of Haiti, (FSIL) was created in January, 2005 by the Presbyterian Church. Until today, it remains the only baccalaureate nursing school in the country.
Unlike the majority of other nursing schools in Haiti that only teach up to a diploma levels, their program is competency based which teaches and trains their nurses to critically identify case specific responsibility and develop problem solving model. The nursing students of FSIL receive practical clinical training at Hôpital Ste. Croix.
Scholarship is available to some students. However, those who receive scholarship support are obligated to commit two years compulsory service in Haiti before they receive their diplomas.
Haiti is a medical backwater. The country lacks state-of-the-art hospitals and clinics, modern medical resources, sufficient numbers of trained nurses, doctors and other medical staff, diagnostic technology, medical devices, and medicines. For decades Haiti has lived like a medical missionary's missionh where thousands of foreign non-governmental organizations, committed and compassionate nurses and doctors travel to offer medical service and then fly back to the developed world.
In January 2005, FSIL (Faculté des Sciences Infirmières de lfUniversité Episcopale dfHaïti or Faculty of Nursing Science of the Episcopal University of Haiti) was created with the affiliation of the Presbyterian Church. The nursing school was conceived as a part of the expanding medical outreach in Léogâne, Haiti. FSIL is the only baccalaureate nursing school in Haiti. It is the only nursing school in Haiti that trains nurses to perform specific specialized tasks. Its curriculum is a competency based nursing care that teaches nurses to critically identify the case specific responsibility and develop the problem solving model. The majority of other nursing schools in Haiti teach up to diploma levels. The students of this nursing school are taught by Haitians and volunteers from the United States.
It is always a big relief and quite refreshing to walk into a cool room after being out in the hot sun. But very few of us are aware that prolonged use of air conditioners causes more harm than good. It plays havoc on our skin and hair. Our skins are not sufficiently protected to combat it; the chill of AC pulls out moisture from the skin and leave it feels dry and stretched. The people with dry skin must have noticed that their skin becomes flaky after regular or prolonged exposure to AC, because constant dryness affects the inner layer of the skin.
Did you know the clothes you wear may determine the number of mosquito bites you receive? Some colors are. mosquitoes have well developed vision and smell senses. They use both effectively to locate and attack the human they want to draw blood from
According to medical entomologist Jonathan Day at the University of Florida, someone who wears colors thath stand out such as black, blue or red, they become targets for mosquito bites
I don't know if mosquitoes usually try their best to keep up with the latest beer trend or like a specific type of beer; however, there is something that definitely attracts them to the beer drinker. Until today, this has remained a mystery. Beer drinkers are more likely to get bitten by mosquitoes than others. According to a recent study, you are more likely to receive mosquito bites after drinking only one 12-once bottle of beer. Although it has not been proved, researchers suspect that drinking beer increases the amount of ethanol in the sweat and the body temperature in human, making it more susceptible to mosquito bites.
Don't you have certain preferences for the part of the chicken, pork or beef you eat? it is the same for the mosquito when it comes to human. You may have noticed, mosquitoes likes to bite you in the arm, ankle or feet. Here is the reason. Research has indicated that the volume of a particular bacteria or specific species of bacteria living on our skin determines our attractiveness to mosquitoes. Those bacteria are of multiple types with greater diversity. However, in some specific regions of the body such as the arms, ankles and feet, these bacteria tend to migrate in colony of limited but specific species. This probably explains why most mosquitoes bite us in the arm, ankle or feet, the areas of the body where more robust bacteria are colonized
Before you start going, no it is not because they have more to offer to the hungry mosquito. Mosquitoes locate their next meal thanks to an organ called maxillary palp located in their breath and the carbon dioxide people emit in the air. A mosquito can locate you from a distance as far as 164 feet away. Adults and bigger individuals tend to exhale more carbon dioxide gas over time. As a result study shows that these people are more likely to be bitten. This is also one of the reasons why children on average complain less about mosquito bites than adults.
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