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

Test to Instantaneous Detection of Tuberculosis in Haiti

Caribbean Biotechnologies Inc. (CBT), a Puerto Rican company has been given approval by the Haitian Ministry of Health to conduct clinical studies to test its new technology for the instantaneous detection of Tuberculosis in Haitian patients.

As per the company's claim, it uses a revolutionary technique, a patented method of optical detection, which instantly detects some of the airborne transmitted diseases like TB. The CBT will conduct its study from the fall 2015 in partnership with International Child Care's Grace Children's Hospital. As per USAID report, Haiti has the highest burden of tuberculosis (TB) in the Americas. It is the country's greatest infectious cause of mortality in both youth and adults (6,814 deaths in 2007). However, it is estimated that nearly 40% of people with TB disease remain undiagnosed.

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Bill and Melinda Foundation to Fight Health Threats in Haiti

Haiti never had a comprehensive health system that could eliminate its multiple health threats. Its health care system always attempts to address immediate public health needs. Since the beginning of the epidemic in 2010, cholera remains a major threat in Haiti, very little has been done to improve the conditions that could enable the continued spread of the disease.

In Haiti, 'Malarial areas' are mainly rural and below 500 meters of altitude, the risk is lower in coastal areas. There are many reported cases of diseases transmitted by food, water or through the environment and transmitted by contact with infected people. It is one of the poorest countries in the Americas, where around 3/4th of the population live on less than $2.00 a day who cannot even pay their transportation cost to reach their nearest health center.

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About 25% of Haitian children infected by Intestinal worms

Some 25% of Haitian children suffer from intestinal parasites

Have you ever heard that from a Haitian parents referring to a child? " Samble ou giyin yon vè k'ap manje'ou". In another term, "It seems like you have intestinal parasites that is eating you. According to a survey conducted recently this is the case in 25 percent of the cases.

The Minister of Public health and Population in Haiti published a report that shows based on survey done for children between the ages of 6 and 15, about 25 percent of Haitian children are suffering from intestinal worms.

Intestinal worms are parasites that usually infect the gastro-intestinal tract and can live throughout the body and can cause many problem to a developing child.

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Cervical Cancer Remains Common Killer of Women in Haiti

Cervical cancer is a cancer of the cervix, it commonly occurs in women over the age of 30 when usually some abnormal cells on the cervix grow out of control which never die but continue to grow through cell division. It occurs by a group of virus called human papillomavirus, or HPV, through sexual contact, but can be successfully treated if it is identified and taken care of early. Cervical cancer is one of the main causes of cancer deaths in the world with a 50% mortality rate all around the world. It is also known as the 'disease of poverty' as it is more prevalent among the poor; 85% of cervical cancer occurs in the developing world alone.

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Haiti and Nepal, after major earthquake a risk for cholera

No Cholera Cases so far after Nepal 2015 Earthquake. Nepal has been devastated by a monumental earthquake, and conditions are such a cholera outbreak could happen. A death count of more than 7,000 people has been reported with another 14,000 or so injured.

The earthquake has set up a scenario precluding the start of a cholera epidemic. Migratory survivors of the quake, living in streets or a shelter, cause disorder in water and sanitation systems' normal operations. Once underway, cholera's symptomatic and incessant diarrhea pollutes the water supply, setting the stage for more people and communities to become infected.

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Participation Of People With Disabilities & Special Needs In Haiti Election

Ketizia Brunard, the Secretary of the National Associative Network for the Integration of Persons with Disabilities, during a training program jointly organized by BRIDGE (Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES), has encouraged the authority to take census of the people with less mobility and people with special needs and give them opportunity to participate in the forthcoming election process. To facilitate their exercising rights for casting votes, the administration can experiment with electronic voting, or voting through mobile phone or set up special offices for them.

BRIDGE offers training programs to support the election process implemented by the UNDP with fundings from the Haitian government and some other foreign countries like Canada, Brazil, the EU, the USA and Mexico. A report from the World Health Organization confirms that before the 2010 earthquake, there were nearly 800,000 people with disability in Haiti of whom 200,000 were children. The disaster added 300,000 more injured, many of whom were suffered with long term disabilities.

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Haitian Couple married for 82 years, Duranord Veillard 108, wife Jeanne 105

Haitian Couple married for 82 years, Duranord and Jeanne Veillard

According to USA Today, a Haitian couple currently living in the United States is believed to be the oldest married couple in Rockland. Husband Duranord Veillard just turned 108 while his wife turns 105 in May. The two have been married for 82 years.

How many of you currently married feel that you can ever reach something like this.

With a marriage that has lasted longer than most people ever live to be, Duranord and Jeanne Veillard are planning to meet their respective birthdays this year with 82 years of marriage behind them, with more to come judging by their continued health. 108 as of February 28, Duranord and his wife, who will be 105 in May, are thought to be the oldest married couple in Rockland County where they make their home.

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Lisa Sbrogna and Forward in Health bring Care to Haiti's Poorest

Lisa Sbrogna is one of thousands of volunteers working through small medical non-profits like Forward in Health (FIH) to serve the poorest suffering from untreated medical conditions. A Millbury, Connecticut resident, Sbrogna first came to the island in the wake of 2010's disastrous earthquake. She anticipated the trip would be stimulating and gratifying, but was unprepared for how the people would affect her personally.

She discovered Haiti's rural people are so impoverished simple medical conditions like an open cut, high blood pressure, or very treatable skin infections grow severe. This occurs because the poor in a town like Fonde Fred (population 9,000) lack health clinics.

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Human Manure Low-Cost Solution to Haiti's Sanitation Problem

Haiti continues to struggle nearly five years after the 2010 earthquake. Large segments of the population remain homeless, roads are un-navigable, and food shortages and lack of clean drinking water persist. But the most urgent challenge Haiti faces is improper human defecation, leading to the spread of cholera.

The water-borne pathogen is transmitted through contact with contaminated feces. The government has endeavored to make communities aware of how they can become infected with it, but residents in areas such as Cap-Haitien and Port-au-Prince continue to use plastic bags to defecate in. The use of these crude devices causes transmission of cholera within each household and then out into the community.

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St. Francois de Sales Hospital re-opens as a Teaching Facility

Port-au-Prince's St. Francois de Sales Hospital has re-opened on the heels of the fifth anniversary of the 2010 earthquake, which occurred January 12th. SFDS is Haiti's original Catholic health care facility. The rebuilt hospital has increased its bed capacity and become a teaching hospital. The Port-au-Prince Archdiocese and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) built the structure with funds contributed by the Catholic Health Association of the United States and the Dominican Republic's Sur Furturo Foundation.

CRS Director Dr. Jude Banatte said the magnitude 7.0 quake demolished almost all of the hospital, killing 70 medical personnel and patients. The former hospital was not built to withstand a high magnitude earthquake, and was ill-prepared for the devastation and loss of life as the earthquake's epicenter occurred only 16 miles from the capital. First responders on the scene had to resort to performing triage in the hospital parking lot. Over the next few days remaining medical personnel and first responders conducted 1,000 surgeries and tended 70,000 wounds.

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