Our community outreach efforts focus on two prenatal clinics at Shada and Robillard, which are run by nurses and community health workers. These medical providers see women on a monthly basis in their local villages, where they screen them for diabetes and hypertension, provide treatment as needed, and ensure they have a safe birth plan.
In 2015, HUFH donated portable ultrasound machines to two of our partner hospitals, Hopital de Convention Baptiste Haiti (HCBH) and Justinian, and, continuing a program we began earlier, we offered an intensive two-day workshop on advanced ultrasound techniques for recognition of life threatening conditions in pregnant women.
HUFH is continuing this training with the residents at Justinian Hospital via telemedicine conferences. Ultrasound evaluation of pregnancies has taken on additional urgency in light of the mosquito-born Zika virus epidemic and the subsequent risk of having babies with microcephaly, a condition when a baby’s head is smaller than expected, potentially causing serious developmental disabilities.