Did you know that Haiti has the highest number of women with Cervical cancer in the world?
The risk factors for cervical cancer include human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, smoking, taking birth control pills, and engaging in early sexual contact.
Statistical figures suggest that cervical cancer, one of the main causes of cancer deaths, is a disease of poverty; it is more prevalent among the poor and 85% of cervical cancer occurs in the developing world with a 50% mortality rate all around the world. Haiti has the highest incidence of cervical cancer in the world. The people in the poor countries are more susceptible to this form of the disease because the latest detection tools like 'Pap smear screening test', etc. are not easily available in these countries, the presence of very few well equipped laboratories and skilled personnel make the situation worse. The poor people, especially from remote locations cannot continue necessary treatments and some of the recommend follow up tests. According to some health experts, a test with vinegar, named 'VIA' (visual inspection with acetic acid) can be a good low cost solution in such circumstances.
Here is a picture of the new St. François de Sales Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, five year after Haiti earthquake has destroyed it.
New St. Francois de Sales Hospital subsidized by Paying Patients
The new St. Francois de Sales Hospital, resurrected after the 2010 earthquake, has re-opened. It is now a teaching hospital with more beds and expanded services: pediatrics, obstetrics, surgery, and cancer treatment, as well as an electronic records system and ambulance service.
The $22.8 million facility was funded by the U.S. Catholic Health Association, Dominican Republic Sur Futuro Foundation, and Atlanta Catholic Community. The hospital will be subsidized by paying patients being cared for in a private wing.
Here is a picture that you might want to start getting familiar with if you are living in Haiti. Telemedicine or medecine via web cam has been introduced in Haiti that provides doctors at a Haiti hospital with access to around-the-clock medical support.
New Videoconferencing Program trains Haitian Doctors in Trauma and Intensive Care Treatment
The University of Miami (UM) Miller School of Medicine is helping trauma room doctors in Haiti treat patients, who are suffering from many types of critical injuries and conditions. UM has begun a telemedicine service that offers 24-hour medical support via instant video communication. The videoconferencing is a cost-effective method, needing only a laptop with a webcam. The service, which began in December of 2014, has UM trauma specialists interact with emergency room (EM) doctors, working in the trauma and critical section of Port-au-Prince's Bervard Mevs Hospital.
Haiti's healthcare infrastructure is underdeveloped, and only made worse by 2010's earthquake, which it has not yet recovered from. Haitian doctors don't receive sufficient training in trauma treatment, and supplies can be difficult to obtain.
Here is a picture of Dr. René Charles and Haitian President Michel martelly. On this very same day people around the world are assessing the effect of Diabetes and Cardiovascular Diseases, our president took the occasion to honor some of those who have been working hard in the area of bringing treatment. In that, Ordre National Honor and Merit at Grade of Grand Cross Silver plate was given to Dr. René Charles last Friday ath the National Palace for his work in Haiti
President Martelly honored Dr. Rene Charles with the Order National Honor and Merit at Grade of Grand Cross Silver at the National Palace for his work in the field of diabetic research and treatment. In attendance were Public Health Minister Dr. Guillaume and Dr. Charles's family.
Minister Guillaume noted 300,000 Haitians are afflicted with diabetes and spotlighted the work of Dr. Charles's Haitian Foundation for Diabetes and Cardiovascular Diseases.
The Center for Haitian Studies, Health, and Human Services, Inc. (CHS) was created following the confusion about the causes AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. Haitians were one of the group of people unjustly labeled as high risk for AIDS and also for the transmission of the disease. Haitians in turn felt at the time that they were victims of this because of their status as immigrants and black. The felt that the larger society did not want them to be in the United States.
With the creation of the Center for Haitian Studies, Haitians were more willing to seek help there as this was a Haitian facility witht e goal to help Haitians. The Haitian who were affected by the AIDS virus were more willing to come to such a facility to get treatment.
From those early and shaky beginning, Center for Haitian Studies has managed to become a real actor in the lives of many Haitians in Miami-Dade county as well as to other ethnic community of South Florida.
The Center for Haitian Studies is now considered one of the few successful counseling program for Haitian Americans affected by HIV/AIDS. The center now offers a wide range of medical services in the Haitian community, including: , OB/GYN,, Pediatric care, Family Medicine, HIV, AIDS, HIV Testing, HIV Counseling, Outreach, Education, Doctor, Health, Clinic
Center For Haitian Studies
8260 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33138
Tel: +1(305) 757 9555
Fax: +1(305) 756 8023