The training was headed by IHI's own counselor, Mme. Yolette and physician's nurse, Holdie.The overarching theme was aimed at properly helping patients and their families navigate this tough period in their lives. The CHW's role is to offer support to those affected by both breast and cervical cancer and also spread awareness.
We had about 14 people in total attend the training. Many of the community health workers that participated were some of our patients and their parents.
Above are some snapshots from the training
We are pleased with the outcome and excited for what is to come next. We want to continue to reinforce the supportive community that we have built.
Women are at the forefront of the Haitian household and society yet they always put their health last. Breast cancer and cervical cancer have been the leading causes of death of women in Haiti. Since we provide care and treatment for women’s cancer, specifically for breast and cervical cancer, we also implemented a support group for our patients.
Twice a month, our educator and counselor Yolette heads a support group meeting for our patients. The support group provides a safe space for our cancer patients and allows them to share their experiences. They are also able to find support among people that understand what they are going through.
Cancer is still very taboo in the Haitian society. The support g...
Our physician nurse has been hard at work over the past few months. The fight against cervical cancer in Haiti is tough but it is one that we are taking head on. Our nurse Holdie has been traveling all over Haiti, hitting many of the provinces to spread awareness on cervical cancer, share the ways to treat it and the preventative methods as well. It is important for us to be able to provide this care for women everywhere, especially those that are vulnerable since they wouldn’t be able to get this treatment otherwise.
We are planning to have sites in all 10 departments but are currently at seven (7). We are growing and moving forward. The work consists of two parts for us. We spread awareness about cer...
We have been featured twice on the N.Y Times for our cancer program and the negative effects that decreasing international funding has on Haitian women's healthcare. Nicholas Kristof eloquently explained the problems and often deadly consequences that can occur with the U.S administration’s decision to cut down international aid (UNFPA) U.N Population Fund. This decision can and will affect the treatment that we provide to our patients. The lives of Haitian women are directly being affected as well.
We have been actively building and expending our cervical cancer program, especially with the past few months and we've seem tremendous results from our initiative....