COVID-19 took longer to reach Haiti than many European countries, but it is now there and spreading. Since the pandemic began, we have been working closely with our partner hospital to prepare. With our COVID response now in full swing, we need funding to continue vital health services through this emergency.
All HHA and hospital staff are working tirelessly, and the HCBH hospital has earned recognition from WHO and accreditation as one of Haiti’s COVID centers. Every person entering the hospital is screened for symptoms (12,000 in the first month alone) and an isolation ward has been accepting patients since June with safety procedures in place to protect staff and visitors. Each bed has its own oxygen concentrator allowing patients to receive as much oxygen as they need without the need for regular purchasing of bottled oxygen.
COVID has also had ripple effects, spurring a huge risk to public health. With reduced access to core health services like maternity and neonatal care, and many scared of catching the disease in hospitals, we are concerned that years of health development could be undone, so we’re ensuring our partner hospital can remain safely open to birthing mothers and sick babies throughout the pandemic.
Now more than ever, we have a deep need of you, our community and your support. We are asking for help as we work to reach our goal of $70,000 to fund the hospital’s COVID response . Whether it is a donation, hosting a fundraising event, or offering prayer, every bit counts and allows us to continue to support Haiti’s heroes in the fight against COVID.
HHA’s COVID Response
Our response to the crisis in Haiti has been three fold:
- Screen every person entering the hospital for COVID symptoms - This, not only, helps to protect the main hospital site from the spread of infection, but also helps us assess the scale of the problem locally, in a country with minimal formal testing.
- Create and resource a COVID isolation ward - Using the hospital's sports center, an isolation ward capable of accommodating 20 patients has been set up with oxygen concentrators and virtual consultation facilities.
- Scale up our community health activity to better educate local people on reducing the spread of infection and where to access healthcare.
We are also ensuring core hospital services for birthing mothers and sick babies remain open and safely accessible. HHA has spent the last decade working hard to improve maternal healthcare, but there is a real danger that this pandemic could undo much of that work with faith in formal medical care reducing. By maintaining safe access to our live-saving facilities, and working in the community to better educate people about the virus and how to control it, we hope to minimize the impact of COVID-19 in North Haiti.