AHI/LLU | Hopital Adventiste d'Haiti

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Haiti Response

 

FLASH!

Cholera has been confirmed at Hopital Adventiste d’Haiti. As of November 16, 2010, the administration of the hospital has requested that additional volunteers be sent down to work exclusively with the cholera patients as the local staff is overworked and spread very thin. Anyone interested in participating specifically with cholera support, contact Amy Lindsey, Adventist Health International Volunteer Coordinator in Haiti (see contact information below).

Haiti Disaster Response…

Loma Linda University (LLU) has been given an amazing opportunity to help the people of Haiti by working collaboratively with Adventist Health International (AHI). AHI has been helping to manage Hopital Adventiste d'Haiti (HAH) in Port-au-Prince since 2003.  HAH is one of thirteen hospitals in the Caribbean and Latin America (or Inter-America) that is managed by AHI. The Inter-American Division of AHI is led by Dr. Elie Honore who also chairs the board of HAH. Because of LLU’s existing resources and network of experienced staff in international work (including other AHI hospitals), the Global Health Institute at LLU (LLUGHI) was able to jump into action as soon as the earthquake took place and began operations January 13, 2010. LLUGHI is directed by Jerry Daly (Assistant Vice-President for Global Outreach, LLUAHSC) and Jan Zumwalt (Executive Director for International Affairs, LLUMC). 

As the response phase of work in Haiti transitions, the long-term partners of HAH are collaborating together to provide continued support and guidance to HAH under the leadership of Adventist Health International. Other hospital partners include: Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), Christian Blind Mission (CBM), CURE International, Florida Hospital, Overseas Medical Assistance Teams (OMAT), Project HOPE, ProsthetiKa, PULSE, Versacare, and several others. Under the master plan set out by the AHI hospital board, the hospital is set to make a lasting impact on the country of Haiti for many years to come.

VOLUNTEERS

While the role of volunteers at HAH is changing, there is still a need for volunteers in different capacities. As we are now nearly 10 months after the January earthquake, our role at the hospital has shifted from major staffing of all services to gap coverage in specific areas. The coverage we are providing is in support of already existing Haitian practitioners in those specialties where extra help is needed. We are also transitioning to a longer term of service to achieve better coordination with the Haitian staff and ensure the continuity and quality of patient care. The preferred length of stay is at least four (4) weeks. We encourage all interested volunteers to apply and to contact our office.  Exceptions to a one-month commitment will be considered on an individual basis.

  • As of November 1st, 2010, our medical volunteer needs include:
    • Pediatricians and pediatric residents
    • Anesthesiologists and CRNAs
    • Pharmacists or 3rd/4th year pharmacy students
    • OR Nurses/ Scrub Techs
    • Emergency medical personnel
    • PAs and NPs specializing in the above areas
    • Those specifically willing to do training of local staff in the above area
  • We are also in current need of mid to long term volunteers in the following non-clinical areas:
    • Maintenance
    • Biomedical
    • Electrician
    • Supply/Logistics
  • The volunteers will work exclusively at Hopital Adventiste d’Haiti.
     
  • Haiti Volunteer Coordinators:  LLU will continue to provide logistical support in coordinating volunteers for Adventist Health International. The main contact in Haiti is Amy Lindsey. Amy is the AHI-Haiti volunteer coordinator in country and is based at Hopital Adventiste d’Haiti. She can be contacted via email at LLUHMU@llu.edu or by telephone at +509-3430-8150. If calling from the United States, dial 011-509-3430-8150.

    Christie Carlton will be helping coordinate some aspects of volunteers stateside via the LLU Global Health Institute. Christie is based in Loma Linda, California and can be reached at (909) 558-4420.
  • Program Participation Fee:  As of May 12, 2010 Global Health Institute started implementing the program participation fees for all the volunteers willing to serve at HAH in Port-au-Prince.  The participation fee for volunteers is used to help offset costs related to the following: 

    o In-country round-trip airport transportation costs
    o Fuel for the generator (currently there is a shortage of fuel and prices have increased)
    o Daily meal for self
     
    o Daily meal for patients
    o Stipend for translators

    These fees are also done to cover basic costs associated with travel and stay and to ensure that our presence at HAH does drain their already limited financial resources.
    Please contact the volunteer coordinators for more information regarding the program participation fee.      

 GENERAL INFORMATION

 

  • Adventist Health International will maintain and manage the schedule of the various volunteers and provide them with information about their trip and tips about what to bring, etc. 
  • All of the volunteer efforts and logistical support are designed to build on local available resources and to support the existing local leadership for Hopital Adventiste d’Haiti under the leadership of:
    • Emilie Clotaire, Administrator for Hopital Adventiste d’Haiti
    • Nathan Lindsey, MPH, Assistant Administrator
    • Dr. Yolande Simeon, MD, Medical Director
  • Since January 12, 2010 the Adventist Hospital of Haiti has been providing all of its care free of charge. After six months of government mandated free healthcare, the hospital was allowed to start charging patients for services to offset the operational expenses and to keep the doors of the hospital open. Many services still remain free such as orthopedic services and services to earthquake victims. As part of a program with the WHO and Ministry of health, they are also able to provide free care to children 0-5 y/o and referred patients from select clinics. While other services are charged for, many cases end up getting exonerated due to lack of ability to pay. This has created the need for a poor persons fund to help offset the losses the hospital incurs while providing these free services.

Our Fundraising Efforts... 

LLU has been blessed to receive numerous donations that have helped us send support to Haiti.  We want to update you on how we have used some of the funds that we have received as we continue to try and back the efforts at the Hopital Adventiste d'Haiti.  Our initial support has been spent reacting to the immediate needs of the hospital, including procuring a sterilizer, surgical instruments, amputation sets, orthopedic saws, medicines and other surgical supplies.  Purchasing these items simply would not have been possible without the generosity of everyone who has supported us.

The needs continue in Haiti. If you would like to donate to Hopital Adventiste d’Haiti, please click on the link on the main LLU Global page. All donations go through Adventist Health International and are used exclusively in the aid of Hopital Adventiste d’Haiti.