January 12, 2010: We will never forget

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Six years ago, a devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, instantly killing more than 200,000 people and injuring 300,000 more. Thousands of homes, buildings, and major public infrastructures, including the Haitian National Palace, collapsed. An already fragile and weakened country was hit by one of the worst tragedies in its history.

Today, we remember and mourn those who lost their lives as well as those who continue to endure the effects of this catastrophic earthquake.

Since then, the Haiti Medical Education Project — with the help of our partners and donors— has been working arduously to improve the medical education system in Haiti. While there is still much to do, we have made great strides over the past few years.

As Haiti continues to rebuild itself, we at HME will never forget the strength, the courage and the resilience of the Haitian people.

Please join me in taking a moment of silence to remember those who lost their lives on January 12, 2010 in Haiti.

Cruff Renard, MD
HME President

Teaching life-saving techniques in Haiti… with your help

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IMG_4528 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.IMG_4596

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.

IMG_4536This 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.

HME Project Launches Research Methods Course

The Haiti Medical Education (HME) Project is pleased to announce the recent launch of a course in developing research methods, based at and sponsored by Quisqueya University in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The initiative will train more than 30 faculty participants from institutions in and around Port-au-Prince to deliver a medical research curriculum to countless medical students, nursing students, dental students, and residents. The semester-long initiative will prepare faculty to deliver two courses to their students: Introduction to Medical Research (for students in preclinical years), and Mentored Research Projects (for students in clinical years). The hope is that participants will engage in teaching and mentorship in the second part of the year with the HME team as support.

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UPDATE: Mental Health Summit

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Dr. Galit Sacajiu presented on developing health sciences educational curricula at Rebâte Sante Mentalé’s Third Annual Haitian Mental Health Summit, May 30-31 in Montreal. Haiti has finally passed legislation mandating mental health as part of the primary care system. Now, Dr. Sacajiu and her colleagues are being recognized for their achievements and dedication to improving Haitian healthcare. We are hopeful that HME’s sustainable model for local initiatives will be useful for mental healthcare in the future.

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Please read and share this article from The American Psychiatric Association. There is a long road ahead, but we are making progress!

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http://psychnews.psychiatryonline.org/newsarticle.aspx?articleid=1886057

Nursing Conference Report Coming Soon

Attendees at the February Nursing Conference
Attendees at the February Nursing Conference
Attendees at the workshop

The HME Project’s Nursing Education Initiative was proud to host a recent conference, “Working Together for the Future of Nursing Education in Haiti,” on Feb. 8 and 9 at the Karibe Hotel in Port-au-Prince. Participants from universities, NGOs, and government agencies were all in attendance for two days of discussion and learning. We’ll have a complete report on the conference coming soon!