In an effort to improve the health status of the Haitian people, the Haiti Project was founded in 1998 in the Department of Family Medicine of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (UMMSM) by a cadre of Family Medicine faculty including Dr. Michel Dodard, Dr. André Vulcain and Dr. Arthur Fournier. This initiative is a unique partnership with the Ministry of Health (MOH) of Haiti and Hôpital Universitaire Justinien (HUJ) in Cap-Haitien, the second largest public hospital of Haiti.
The Haiti Project has successfully implemented through several partnerships the following programs:
- Training of family doctors for the Haitian health care system.
- Continuing Medical Education Center in HIV/AIDS care and HIV Care Training Programs.
- Mental Health training programs.
- Other training activities include: Family Medicine course at the Faculté de Médecine et de Pharmacie de l’Université d’Etat d’Haiti, physical and occupational therapy training, and training of providers for the response to the cholera pidemic.
Development of Health Care Services
- Through the application of a service/education model, the Haiti Project has assisted Hôpital Universitaire Justinien (HUJ) in the development of new initiatives in health care services to increase access of the population of Cap-Haitien and its surroundings to quality care. - Services include:
- General Family Practice
- HIV care
- Physical Rehabilitation
Successful collaborative partnerships
The value of the partnership of the Haiti Project and the Hôpital Universitaire Justinien has been recognized with a “Honneur et Mérite” award to the Haiti Project by the hospital’s leadership in 2011.
During the past thirteen years, the Haiti Project has trained over 40 Haitian family physicians currently serving the Haitian community throughout the country. The Family Practice Center has provided comprehensive medical care to more than 35,000 disadvantaged patients of all age groups, with a total of over 175,000 patients/visits.
Patients have benefited from a broad spectrum of interventions including immunization, family planning, pre-natal care, screening for cervix cancer, HIV, tuberculosis, malnutrition and treatment of common illnesses for all age groups. As a recipient of a CDC/PEPFAR grant, the Haiti Project currently provides technical assistance aiming at transforming HUJ as a Center of Excellence for the national HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis programs. Medical care for HIV infected patients is provided through a unique, integrated model emphasizing a bio psychosocial approach of the patients.
The aftermath of the earthquake has created new challenges for the health care system of Haiti. The adaptability of the Haiti Project and its substantial experience acquired in the trenches has facilitated its effective assistance during this difficult time. The Haiti Project provided medical assistance to over 1,000 displaced individuals. In addition, mental health training sessions were conducted and counseling services were also offered to the survivors of the earthquake who migrated to Cap-Haitien.
The Haiti Project has assisted HUJ in establishing a rehabilitation service center which provided physical and occupational therapy to more than 2,000 patients over the past two and a half years. A prosthetics workshop has fitted over 40 amputees with artificial limbs.