Health

GAHDA believes that healthcare is a human right. In the Grand'Anse, access to healthcare is often compromised for people with extremely limited resources and by a public healthcare system that is resource poor.

 

While Haiti continues to make great strides at harnessing local talent and training medical professionals, there is still a long way to go for the system to meet the needs of all people. 

 

GAHDA is committed to helping fill that gap while also contributing to strengthening local systems through mentoring, training, tools, and materials.

The Women’s Special Health Project

The Women’s Special Health Project

GAHDA provides outreach and support for chronic health conditions.

 

Integrated Breast Cancer Care:  We recognize the need for this service because women as young as 26 are dying of untreated breast cancer, when a mother dies, her children are at risk of dying as well. 

 

Our breast cancer program has evolved to include training rural health providers and teaching women techniques of self-breast examination. Clinical breast exams, sonography, and biopsy services are offered in collaboration with Avera Health System. This program coordinates volunteers at the GAHDA Center to provide education, screening, clinical breast examination, with ultrasound, biopsy, and pathology as needed. This program will be conducted twice yearly beginning in 2019. Other services include telephone follow-up, home visits, medication, and referrals.

           

Self Breast Exam and Education: We train outreach workers to hold trainings at churches across the region, creating awareness of breast cancer screening, self-exams, treatment, and services. GAHDA will train 120,000 women in the Grand'Anse region to conduct self-exams, know when to seek treatment, and prepare them to be advocates for breast health in their immediate communities and parishes.             

 

Surgical Intervention and Support: Building on the Women’s Special Health Breast Cancer Program, a surgical team provides treatment for women identified with breast cancer. The Surgery Project partners Haitian and US surgical teams with specialized skills (based in Connecticut and Mississippi) to offer surgery locally at St. Antoine Hospital, the only government hospital for the Grand’Anse Department.  In addition to treating breast cancer, surgical teams remove goiters and repair hernias. Surgical teams provide continuing education, materials, and supplies, and work in collaboration with local surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, translators, and community outreach staff.

Specialty Clinics

Specialty Clinics

Special Laboratory Testing: GAHDA provides laboratory services for diabetes and sickle cell diseases in collaboration with Global Health Teams and in coordination with local medical professionals.

 

Specialty Clinics: GAHDA coordinates, hosts, facilitates, and manages clinics to address identified health needs.

 

Examples of recent health outreach and specialty clinics include:

  • Goiter surgery (99% women)

  • Diabetes monitoring

  • Sickle cell anemia

  • Wound treatment

  • Men’s health needs (hernia, hydrocele, lipoma)

We Would Love to Hear from You

Do you have any questions or suggestions about our work in Haiti? Please reach out to us today.


bette@gahda.org

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