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When a powerful earthquake struck near the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince in 2010 — killing more than 220,000 people, injuring more than 300,000 and rendering some 1.5 million homeless — Conor Shapiro was only two weeks into his new job as the director of Health Equity International’s St. Boniface Hospital in a rural area about three hours away.

Hospitals and clinics in the capital had crumbled, making HEI, then known as the St. Boniface Haiti Foundation, a key national medical facility despite the distance. Some of the most critically wounded patients took a 40-minute helicopter ride from Port-au-Prince to HEI for treatment — the aircraft had to land in a mango grove by the hospital.

“It was very difficult,” says Shapiro, who now serves as HEI’s president and CEO. Beyond the torrent of injured patients, many of the doctors had to deal with their own trauma. Shapiro tells of Dr. Berthony Guerrier, the head of obstetrics and gynecology at the time, who was badly injured in the earthquake. Despite a broken leg, Guerrier completed an emergency cesarean section. “It’s hard to put into words,” Shapiro says. “The amount of collective national trauma is really hard to quantify.”

But the team pulled through and used the experience to move forward. The disaster sprang progress in the form of new training, donations and collaborations — including partnerships with organizations like the GE Foundation, the Boston-based company’s charitable arm. Today the results of these programs and connections allow the hospital to service more people, in more ways, than they ever imagined.

“Ten years after the earthquake, there’s going to be a lot of difficult stories — projects that didn’t work out, hopes and plans that didn’t come to fruition,” Shapiro says. “The healthcare we provide, and this hospital, is really a direct contrast to that. This team brings a ‘never give up’ attitude.”

GE has been supporting HEI’s resilience for six years now, but first the company focused on helping the Caribbean nation as a whole right after the earthquake. GE Foundation initially donated $1 million to the Red Cross for immediate care in the affected area, $2 million to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help rebuild Haiti’s national lab, and roughly $3 million in water, power and healthcare equipment. In 2012, GE Foundation provided approximately $2 million in medical imaging equipment to a new academic medical center, University Hospital in Mirebalais, Haiti.

GE’s relationship with HEI began in 2014 when GE donated equipment for the then-new maternal and newborn health center. Since then, the company has contributed approximately $1 million in materials or cash over the past five years. GE has stocked the hospital with medical equipment from GE Healthcare, GE Lighting has donated lights to the hospital’s operating room, GE Water & Process Technologies (which GE no longer owns) provided the infrastructure with a water filtration system, and GE Foundation has offered financial support for a solar power system. In addition, in the aftermath of 2016’s devastating Hurricane Matthew, GE in Latin America funded two Clinics in a Can, which are shipping containers fully outfitted with all the equipment necessary to become health clinics.

Dr. David Barash, executive director of the GE Foundation and an emergency physician, knew of HEI because he was acquainted with Shapiro. Barash has visited Haiti three times. “I was truly wowed by the work they were doing, the scope of service provided, the commitment of leadership and local providers, and the vision for where the hospital could and should be,” Barash says. “Our first investment was an equipment donation to the new Maternal Care Center at Saint Boniface Hospital, and it was clear from the start, and when I first visited, that our investment was thoughtfully deployed and very carefully stewarded.”

HEI began as the St. Boniface Haiti Foundation in 1989, as residents practicing at the St. Boniface Parish, a Roman Catholic church in Quincy, Massachusetts, started making donations to Haiti and organized an effort to open a small clinic. In three years, they opened a one-room service with 20 beds.

Today, the renamed HEI sees 500 patients a day and delivers more than 500 babies a month. The hospital boasts a neonatal intensive care unit, emergency and surgical maternity wards, and an operating room available around the clock — all still rare in rural Haiti. And the HEI’s Spinal Cord Institute, started in 2010 to provide specialized care and rehabilitation to the many earthquake survivors left with spinal cord injuries, has treated more than 1,000 patients.

The hospital prides itself on training local healthcare professionals and working with local doctors, nurses and other community health providers. “They know that their success is really the success of their local team and based on the confidence of their local community,” Barash says.

Parents and patients travel from six or seven hours away for HEI services. Babies who need NICU stays sometimes arrive via motorcycle, through an unpaved mountain pass that’s so rough it takes a Land Rover an hour to drive 10 miles. Some patients arrive on donkeys. Many Haitian families subsist on less than $2.41 a day, as the World Bank notes. But no one is turned away from St. Boniface Hospital, even if they can’t pay.

Ten years ago, the earthquake changed Haiti and changed the hospital. But 10 years from now, Shapiro says, he hopes HEI becomes a model for bringing modern healthcare to impoverished areas around the world.

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More than a dozen children killed in fire at Haitian orphanage run by US charity

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Fifteen children are dead after a fire ravaged a Haitian facility for impoverished and orphaned children.

The blaze broke out Friday at the Orphanage of the Church of Bible Understanding in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, according to CNN. About 60 children were able to escape the burning facility, which is run by a religious nonprofit organization based out of Pennsylvania.

Haitian President Jovenel Moise said he was “deeply moved” by the tragedy and directed authorities to investigate the cause of the fire. Investigators are looking into whether a burning candle may have sparked the blaze.

The Orphanage of the Church of Bible Understanding stands with blackened walls the morning after a fire broke out in Kenscoff, which is on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Friday. A fire swept through this orphanage run by a Pennsylvania-based nonprofit group, killing over a dozen children, according to healthcare workers.
The Orphanage of the Church of Bible Understanding stands with blackened walls the morning after a fire broke out in Kenscoff, which is on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Friday. A fire swept through this orphanage run by a Pennsylvania-based nonprofit group, killing over a dozen children, according to healthcare workers.

(Dieu Nalio Chery/AP)

Jennifer Melton, Haiti’s chief of child protection for UNICEF, said about 80% of the children being housed in the facility still have at least one living parent who can’t provide financial support.

The Church of Bible Understanding, which runs the facility, has been working with children in the poverty-stricken country since 1977 and supports about 150 children in Haiti.

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New Movie Explores Haitian Zombi Folklore/ Island Origins

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The French writer and director Bertrand Bonello’s new film Zombi Child offers its viewers a new appreciation of ancient Haitian Voodoo folklore, conveying issues of racism, colonialism and the strained relationship between France and Haiti. The story is a fictional depiction of a real historical figure, enslaved Haitian Clarvius Narcisse. Since its release it has been creating lots of online buzz. 

Zombi folklore is a Voodoo/Vodou/Vodun practice that originated in early 17th century Haiti and claims to bring the dead back to life through performed rituals and holistic medicine. The idea is that these reanimated corpses or ‘zombis’ are then sent to work in the sugarcane fields, without complaint. This is a slave’s worst nightmare: that after they die, they remain enslaved rather than gaining freedom and returning to the African homeland.

The film begins by depicting the inverse relationship between Clarvius, a Haitian man who is said to have been zombified in 1962, and his granddaughter Mélissa living in present day France. Mélissa retells the story of her grandfather’s demise to her friends, explaining how he died and came back to life as a Zombi to work in the hell of Haiti’s sugar cane plantations.

Bertrand illustrates Haitian Zombi folklore as distinct from that of George Romero’s zombie in Dawn of the Dead, where the dead come from hell to terrorize the living. A Haitian Zombi is simply stuck between life and death. The film was released in the United States on Jan 24, 2020 and stars Wislanda Louimat as Mélissa, Louise Labeque as Fanny, and Mackenson Bijou as Clarvius Narcisse. Zombi Child is available on the Vudu platform in the U.S.


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Haiti – Health : The Caribbean and Latin America trained in the detection of COVID-19

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16/02/2020 08:51:24

Haiti - Health : The Caribbean and Latin America trained in the detection of COVID-19

Efforts to ensure that Latin American and Caribbean countries are ready for laboratory diagnosis of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) continued this week with training in Mexico City, organized by the Pan American Organization for Health (OPS) and the Institute of Epidemiological Diagnosis and Reference of the Mexican Ministry of Health (InDRE) for the benefit of virologists from 6 Central American countries : Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua, as well than Cuba and the Dominican Republic.

During the training, which was held at the InDRE National Influenza Center (NIC) and led by experts from PAHO, participants were trained in the main tests and protocols to detect and diagnose COVID-19 using molecular technology. The training was also attended by virologists from Baja California public health laboratories, Jalisco and Quintana Roo to increase and expand Mexico’s response capacity. Participants also received diagnostic equipment necessary to test the disease, including primers, probes and positive controls.

“Preparing laboratories to perform early diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 in a safe environment is essential to ensuring that countries can respond quickly and effectively,” said Cristian Morales, PAHO/WHO Representative in Mexico.

The training organized in Mexico is the latest in a series of sessions which will guarantee that 29 laboratories (including the National Public Health Laboratory (LNSP) of Haiti) will be ready to detect COVID-19 in the Region by 21 February 2020, the American Atlanta CDC serving as a regional reference laboratory.

Last week, PAHO conducted training in Brazil for 9 South American countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay), as well as in Venezuela.

Training has also taken place in the Caribbean, including Suriname, Barbados, Haiti https://www.icihaiti.com/en/news-30015-icihaiti-health-haiti-now-has-the-means-to-detect-the-new-coronavirus-covid-19.html , to Jamaica and Dominica. This will continue in the sub-region next week with laboratory training in the Bahamas and Guyana. The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has also informed that its laboratory is ready to respond to the new coronavirus, and the Institut Pasteur in Guyana is also operational to support surveillance in the French Caribbean territories.

COVID-19 Global assessment February 15 :

Sunday February 16, 2020, the number of people infected worldwide with the Coronavirus COVID-19 (laboratory and clinical confirmed cases) amounted to 69,261, an increase of 2,170 cases, however less than the previous day https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-30034-haiti-news-zapping.html ; 1,669 deaths (+ 9.3%), 142 more than the day before (1,527); 9,687 people healed, i.e. 1,190 people (+ 14%) more than the day before (5.8 times more healing than death compared to 5.5 times the day before).

To date, there have been 756 confirmed infected people outside China, or 161 more than the previous day (+ 27%), including 67 new cases aboard the cruise ship “Diamond Princess” in quarantine off Japan.

Number of deaths abroad (4): 1 in the Philippines, 1 in Hong Kong, 1 in Japan and 1 in France.

See also :
https://www.icihaiti.com/en/news-30015-icihaiti-health-haiti-now-has-the-means-to-detect-the-new-coronavirus-covid-19.html
https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-30010-haiti-flash-coronavirus-the-number-of-infected-and-deaths-explodes-in-24-hours.html
https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-29955-haiti-health-surveillance-measures-are-deployed-in-the-country-s-ports-and-airports.html
https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-29950-haiti-flash-the-ministry-asks-the-hospitals-of-the-country-to-prepare-for-the-coronavirus.html
https://www.icihaiti.com/en/news-29947-icihaiti-dr-towards-the-establishment-of-a-sanitary-cordon-at-the-border.html
https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-29926-haiti-news-zapping.html
https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-29923-haiti-coronavirus-emergency-meeting-of-caribbean-health-ministers.html
https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-29919-haiti-flash-chinese-banned-to-go-out-of-a-plane-to-port-au-prince.html
https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-29879-haiti-health-chinese-coronavirus-the-ministry-of-health-is-reassuring.html
https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-29858-haiti-flash-chinese-coronavirus-haiti-is-preparing-and-activating-its-alert-system.html

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Haiti – Politic : President Moïse visits the Vallée-de-Jacmel

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16/02/2020 08:18:02

Haiti - Politic : President Moïse visits the Vallée-de-Jacmel

On Saturday, President Jovenel Moïse accompanied by the Prime Minister a.i., Jean Michel Lapin and other representatives of the State went to the commune of Vallée-de-Jacmel (Dept. of South-East).

The Head of State came to inspect the electrification works, which were completed in less than a month, with a view to supplying more electricity to Vallée-de-Jacmel, such as the installation of a group of 300 kilowatts, extension of the distribution network by 1.5 kilometers (wire and post), to arrive up to 4.5 kilometers, while installing prepaid meters and other infrastructure as part of the implementation of the project 24 hour power supply.

Taking advantage of his trip, the Head of State met with the Mayor of the city on several important projects such as the completion of the Vallée-de-Jacmel road, access to drinking water and the opening of the Professional Training Center…

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Haiti – U-20W World Cup : D-7, Last eliminatory phase for our Grenadières

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16/02/2020 07:51:38

Haiti - U-20W World Cup : D-7, Last eliminatory phase for our Grenadières

Saturday 24 Grenadières left the country for the Dominican Republic to carry out a mini preparation course to better tackle the last phase of the qualifiers for the Women’s U-20 World Cup (February 22 to March 8, 2020) which will take place in Dominican territory with the objective of leaving with one of the 2 qualifying tickets.

With this preparation course which begins this Sunday, February 16, under the leadership of coach Laurent Mortel, while waiting for the arrival of Midfielder Danielle Monique Étienne who will complete the list, our Grenadières will be able to benefit from the best working conditions to refine their preparation before the competition. This is a team full of talents who dream of offering Haiti a second consecutive participation in a World Cup after France 2018.

LIST of the 25 players selected :

Goalkeepers (3) : Madelina Fleuriot, Edjenie Joseph, Nahomie Ambroise.

Defender (8) : Tabita Joseph, Ruthny Mathurin, Esthericove Joseph, Méghane Saint-Cyr, Kerlidade Damour, Buernengy Adrien, Rose Pierreline France, Maudeline Moryl.

Midfielders (8) : Melchie Daelle Dumornay, Gaelle Dumas, Mirlène Dorcé, Danielle Monique Étienne, Dayana Pierre-Louis, Withmila Alcide Pierre, Dieunika Jean-Baptiste, Elisabeth Brivil.

Attackers (6) : Abaina Louis, Darlina Joseph, Bethina Petit-Frère, Mariline Guerrier, Valentina Ornis, Flero Dina Surpris.

CALENDAR of eliminatory matches (Group F) :

All of our Grenadières matches will be played at 4:00 p.m. (Haiti time) in San Cristobal. in the Dominican Republic)

Sunday February 23, 2020 :

Haiti vs Cayman Islands

Tuesday February 25, 2020 :

Haiti vs St. Kitts & Nevis

Thursday February 27, 2020 :

Haiti vs Trinidad and Tobago

See also :
https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-29982-haiti-women-s-foot-world-cup-qualifying-u-20-pre-list-of-the-grenadieres-convened.html

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