At the HME Project, we believe in programs that empower and inspire. We invest in human capital and encourage it to grow. Today, we’re asking for your help with an initiative that exemplifies what we do in Haiti: creating pathways to share knowledge that will save lives.
Comprehensive Advanced Life Support, or CALS, is a training program for emergency medical procedures that is specifically oriented towards the needs of rural healthcare teams. In emergency situations like trauma, heart attacks, and strokes, skilled and immediate care is critical. The CALS curriculum was originally developed in rural Minnesota where resources are few. Now a customized CALS curriculum will be taught in Haiti, using only the drugs and equipment readily available there.
As part of our “train the trainers” approach, HME arranged for four Haitian physicians and one nurse to travel to Minnesota for a week long training with CALS, not only to learn these life-saving techniques but instruct others. They all completed the course, generously offered free of charge by CALS, and are now ready to teach other Haitian medical providers the techniques they’ve learned.
This is where you come in. We need funding to support our trainers as they pilot this program in Cap Haitien, in the northern part of the country. We’re looking to cover travel expenses, practice mannequins, and basic classroom supplies, costs that are relatively modest in Haiti. Just $150 will cover the costs of each trainee, making one more person available to deliver life support where it was never available before.
Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to this program today. We have a generous donor who will match all contributions up to $3000, so your gift will go even further.
This is an extremely cost-effective program with the potential for tremendous life-saving impact. Our partners at the Haitian Ministry of Health are considering using this program throughout the country, so we want to make this first effort a success. We hope to train even more providers in this method after this first round. Your support now can help us make it happen. Click here to make your tax-deductible contribution today.