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2840 Liberty Avenue, Suite 201
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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    Neonatal Care Update from Dr. Maurce Toussaint

    “HAS often experiences an increase in the number of premature babies that come for care in the autumn months – ...

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  • Newly trained matrone, Rose-Marie, was so proud as she received her certificate.

    HAS Trains 27 New "Matrones"

    HAS recently trained 27 new traditional birth attendants (TBAs) (known here as matrones): men and women who assist women to make ...

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  • HAS Mobilizes to Treat and Prevent the Spread of Chikungunya Fever

    Chikungunya, a contagious, mosquito-borne virus that is spreading throughout the Caribbean, has now been confirmed in Haiti. Over the last several days, we believe patients in the service area of Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti (HAS) have been sickened by the virus.

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  • Cholera 2014: Pre-season Preparations

    The rainy season has begun in Haiti. It’s been raining for several weeks now, and with the rainy season comes the risk of spreading waterborne illness, including cholera.

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  • How HAS “goes green.”

    The world celebrates Earth Day on April 22. But HAS celebrates the Earth every day of the year by putting environmental concerns at the forefront of delivering smart healthcare in a challenged setting. Haiti is 98% deforested, has no universal waste management or sanitation programs, and has some of the highest disease and mortality rates in the world.

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  • HAS Provides Life-Saving Care to Patients with Tuberculosis

    March 24 is World Tuberculosis Day, which aims to raise awareness of the fact that tuberculosis (TB) remains an epidemic in much of the world; it causes the deaths of about 1.5 million people each year, most of whom live in developing countries like Haiti.

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  • Consistent prenatal care helps mothers and infants thrive.

    HAS guarantees a minimum service package to patients in the community, including but not limited to adult and pediatric primary care consultations, pre- and post-natal care, nutrition treatment and screening, vaccinations, and family planning services.

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  • Cholera is Still a Threat: 2013 Cholera Season Update (as of October 15)

    This October marked three years since the first case of cholera in over a century appeared in Haiti. HAS saw some of the first patients and has treated cholera and led prevention efforts since then. HAS can stabilize cholera patients at the hospital’s cholera ward and also in three of its community health centers.

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  • Washing hands with clean water and soap gives us power over sickness.

    World Hand Washing Day is October 15,celebrated by over 200 million people in over 100 countries worldwide. The day is an important reminder that diarrheal and acute respiratory infections, responsible for the majority of child deaths worldwide, can be prevented by proper and regular hand washing.

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  • HAS helps the most fragile with physical therapy.

    When one thinks of physical therapy, several types of patients may come to mind: those recovering from traumatic injuries, or recent stroke patients, for example.

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  • "Babies' First Vaccine"

    On a hot morning under the shade of several tall trees, HAS community health worker Stephanie Joseph kicked off another health post with an energizing education session.

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  • Four-Week-Mark Cholera Update

    As we arrive at the four-week-mark in this year’s battle against cholera, HAS is still fighting to prevent an uncontrolled outbreak of this virulent disease. Our facilities have seen 133 cholera cases since July 25 and are still counting. To put this into perspective, during the same period last year, we saw only twelve cases total!

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  • Cholera is still on the rise at HAS

    The cholera outbreak that began three weeks ago in the HAS service area is evolving in ways that continue to challenge our doctors, nurses, and other staff to maintain the highest quality care under the toughest of circumstances.

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  • Cholera Update

    In the last few days, cholera cases have been slowly increasing and spreading throughout our service area, well beyond the original source of the outbreak. HAS has still been able to stabilize most patients and refer them from our rural clinics to the main cholera treatment center in the larger town of Verrettes, where we refer stabilized patients for full treatment.

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  • HAS Was Well Prepared for the Recent Resurgence of Cholera

    A few weeks ago, we wrote about how we prepare for the public health challenges, such as cholera and acute malnutrition cases, that often accompany the summer rainy season.

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  • Seasonal Malnutrition in Children on the Rise at HAS

    In Haiti, food insecurity—that is, feeling uncertain that on any given day, you and your family will have enough food to eat just to survive—is a fact of life. Food insecurity in the Artibonite Valley, where Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti (HAS) is located, peaks in the summer months, when most of the harvest from the year before is gone, but new crops have not yet come in.

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  • HAS is Prepared for the Rainy Season

    The rainy season begins in Haiti in late spring, and by this time of year it is in full swing. This week, Tropical Storm Chantal is bringing heavier than usual rainfall to Haiti and to the Lower Artibonite Valley, where Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti (HAS) is located. At HAS, our first concern is the public health impact that tropical storms and hurricanes can have on the population we serve.

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  • HAS Prosthetics & Orthotics: Mackenson's Success Story

    Meet 30 year old Mackenson, one of our many success stories.

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  • HAS Brings Care and Education to Mothers at Home, in the Community

    Up to 75 percent of births in HAS’s service area, as in the rest of Haiti, are at home. HAS is therefore working to bring pre- and post-natal care to the community through an integrated system of care that extends into the communities served by the hospital. 

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  • HAS immunization efforts pay off for the Artibonite Valley

    This World Immunization Week, Hôpital Albert Schweitzer celebrates the success of vaccines around the world: a widespread immunization campaign eradicated smallpox by 1980, and worldwide, we are progressing towards the eradication of other diseases like polio and measles.

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  • At HAS: Discovering An Alarming Rise in Child Malnutrition this Spring

    Later this week, much of the world will be focused on World Health Day. Here at HAS, we've decided to highlight childhood malnutrition as we think about global health because it is a chronic problem that is alarmingly worse this year in Haiti.

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  • Tropical Storm Isaac

    Tropical Storm Isaac assaulted Haiti on its way north to the US Gulf Coast last week. Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti, located in the Artibonite Valley and sheltered by two large mountain ranges, is rarely affected by hurricanes, which do greater damage to coastal communities.

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  • Microbiology Adds Diagnostic Capabilities at HAS Laboratory

    For a number of patients who come to HAS, our normal diagnostic capabilities are not sufficient to identify the specific pathogen which has caused their disease. As a result, the physicians must try several therapeutic courses until the disease shows some improvement. Sometimes, this is a difficult process for the physicians, who find that it is a bit like “fishing in the dark”.

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  • Remote Data Collection Update

    Greetings to all! I am the Chief Information Officer at Hospital Albert Schweitzer Haiti. OpenMRS-JR is a J2ME application with full OpenMRS integration. We have started to pilot OpenMRS-JR on the field. To get more background on HAS and OpenMRS-JR you can see our first post here…

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  • Prosthestics and Orthotics Services at HAS

    When HAS, Hanger Foundation and Medi reinitiated services in Deschapelles after the 2011 Christmas break, we established several goals:1. To sustain services at approximately 500 cases per year;2. To offer orthotics, in response to a significant unmet need in our district; and

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  • Orthotics Services Now Offered at HAS/Hanger Klinik

    Following the January 2010 earthquake, in which many people died and many others suffered major crushing injuries, Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti cared for a number of patients who had undergone traumatic but life-saving amputations. Even before the earthquake, it was difficult to find a place to provide new limbs for people who needed them due to accidents of chronic diseases.

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  • HAS Teaches Young Physicians

    Ever since Hopital Albert Schweitzer opened in 1956, it has opened doors for its students and its professional staff to advance their clinical knowledge. In its earliest days, HAS was staffed primarily by American and European physicians and nurses. Now, all of the permanent physicians and nurses are Haitian, trained at the four excellent medical schools and multiple schools of nursing.

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  • The Gift of Clean Water

    Great work continues at Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti with programs to provide clean water to surrounding communities. Working with our partners the Rotary Clubs of Verrettes, Haiti and of Ancaster, Ontario, wells with hand pumps were recently installed at the Charlemagne Peralte National School in Verrettes and at the Centre de Formation Croisade Church led by Pastor Niza.

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  • Traditional Birth Attendants Graduate from HAS Training Program

    Yesterday as morning broke, a flow of women wearing white dresses and head wraps came up the corridor leading to the hospital. Some were on foot, others were crowded into the back of tap-taps, and others were riding on the back of mototaxis, holding their skirts away from the spokes of the rear wheel.

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  • Sixty New Latrines

    With a generous grant from the Hummingbird Foundation, Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti is building sixty latrines in the mountain community of Terre Net in our region.

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  • Health Mural Brightens Tienne

    The mountain community of Tienne is in the far reaches of the HAS service district.  There, the lack of water, soil, natural resources, education and employment opportunities all combine to make this among the poorest of the communities we serve.  With poverty comes the risk for disease. We have seen higher than usual rates of malnutrition and cholera in Tienne.

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  • Making the switch to mobile data collection

    Greetings to all! I am the Chief Information Officer at Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti.  I have been here for over seven years now.  One of my responsibilities includes our health information system.  Since the very beginning of my time at HAS, I have continually been asked by our community health and monitoring and evaluation directors about the possibility of using mobile devices for field data collection. 

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  • It takes a district of villages to fight cholera, too…

    In late 2010 we thought we were busy with a full Cholera Treatment Center (CTC).  This week, we have had well over 200 patients at any given time.  We peaked at around 280 Thursday evening!  The normal hospital bed count is well under 140, which means our CTC is now TWICE the size of the hospital. 

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  • Cholera rages in the Artibonite Valley

    The rainy season brought a surge of cholera to Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti at the end of May, but now we are in the midst of another overwhelming wave.  Today, our Cholera Treatment Center

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  • Staying a Step Ahead of Cholera

    When the rains first began in Haiti several weeks ago, we cautiously planned and prepared for our worst fear: more cholera.  After the first few big rain storms of 2011 the number of patients

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  • A View on Cholera

    Notes on cholera at HAS from 17 year old Haitian/American Stephanie Dorvil:

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  • Anger-Lesforges Spring

    While the hospital was being built, Dr. Mellon recognized the need for a steady water supply for the employees, patients and their families.

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  • Midwife Training

    For many years, HAS has provided continuing education for the traditional birth attendants in the HAS primary service area.  Most births occur at home, with the support of th

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  • Treating Cholera

    We are confronting a mystery.

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  • Cholera Patient Transfer from High-risk Area

    The impact of disease is not limited to the afflicted individual.  The illness of an individual creates a social and economic ripple effect which is complex and crippling. 

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  • Home Visits to Cholera Patients

    As we review the patient statistics in the adult cholera unit, we cannot avoid the reality that a large proportion of these patients come from three communities.

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  • Preventing Cholera

    While the number of admissions to the HAS cholera treatment units have declined somewhat, it is now clear that people

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  • Trend Lines for Cholera

    The daily admissions to the adult and child cholera units has shown significant variability in the past ten days; whenever we think we are making some progress, the number jumps up again.  The

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  • Cholera traced to the source.

    Yesterday we went to the courtyards of some of the people who had been discharged from the hospital in the past several weeks.

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  • From Outbreak to Epidemic

    Now, in the middle of week four of the cholera outbreak, we have been taken aback by the large number of new patients in the HAS cholera hospital, with more than 80 patients yesterday in both of

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  • Cholera Pace Remains Unchanged

    At our 4am census this morning, we saw 20 adults and 18 children with cholera - a constant level for the past 4 days.

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  • Cholera Patients Continue to Arrive at HAS

    Today is a holiday – All Saints’ Day, as is tomorrow, the Day of the Dead.

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  • Cholera Census

    As we monitor the daily census at 5am each day, we are observing several trends; the number of adult cases has declined dramatically from the numbers on Sunday, but have essentially remained stable

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  • Cholera Containment and Prevention Message Getting Out

    For the past several days, new cases of cholera come in, and an equal numb

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  • New Patients Continue to Arrive

    HAS continues to receive new patients with cholera- at the same time, we are able to discharge approximately the same number, so our census of cholera patients remains fairly stable for the momen

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  • Week One of the Cholera Epidemic

    This is the one-week anniversary for the cholera epidemic at HAS; it was last week on Saturday that we first saw the few cases of severe diarrhea, and without recognizing it for the relatively ob

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  • Cholera has been Confirmed in the Artibonite

    Last evening, the CDC confirmed that the cases of diarrheal illness that HAS and other hospitals in the Artibonite region have been receiving have been identified as Cholera.  HAS has institut

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  • Disease Outbreak in Haiti's Artibonite Region

    During the day yesterday, reports came in to us at HAS that there was a suspected outbreak of severe diarrhea and vomiting, with most of the cases in the Artibonite region.  By th

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  • Seasonal Malnutrition in Rural Haiti

    The Nutrition Rehabilitation Unit at the hospital has the most severely malnourished children in the region; most of them have been sent to the hospital from the mountain dispensaries in Tienne a

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  • Prevention of Water-borne Diseases in Flood Zones

    Following the floods in the Deschapelles and neighboring areas earlier this month, volunteer animatrices visited all of the households to which they are assigned to assess the risk factors for d

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  • Responding to the Deschapelles Floods

    Immediately after the floods, volunteers spread out to the most affected households in our region to assist in cleaning and trash removal.

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  • Measuring the Flood Impact in Deschapelles

    In the days after the Sunday flood of the Ca Charles watershed, volunteers and part-time workers with the UN project went to all of the affected homes and assisted in clearing away mud, rocks, tr

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  • In the Aftermath of the Flood

    On Monday morning following the rains and the flood, the HAS managers of the UN Cash-for-Work project allocated more than 100 workers, who had been cleaning local canals or fixing roads, to the f

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  • Torrential Downpours Flood Artibonite Valley

    Five years ago on this date, a short but powerful rain created a flood which rushed down the Les Forges ravine and washed out the Deschapelles market and most of the houses below the bridge which

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  • HAS 6 Months After the Quake

    Six months ago, a powerful earthquake shook Haiti’s capital city and other crowded residential areas to the south west.

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  • Nutrition Rehabilitation Unit

     ”Tipa tipa, ti zwazo fe nish li”.  Bit by bit, the tiny bird makes her nest, says the Kreyol proverb, and in this season it is truer than ever.

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  • A new step for Ania, a new step for HAS

    During the earthquake of 12 January, many people suffered crushing injuries to their extremities; primary care for the injured often required amputations of injured or infected l

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  • Recognizing the need for rehabilitation services

    Ian is off campus today in Port Au Prince meeting with officials at the US Embassy.

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  • Relief arriving at HAS

    As Ian is off campus today, I will fill in with an update on some of the other activities surrounding HAS response to this crisis.

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  • Support from ODES

    For this morning's update  I want to report on how the surrounding community has pulled together to help in this emergency.

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  • Day 11 of the Earthquake Emergency

    In today’s Medical staff conference, Dr.

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  • Orthopedic and surgical volunteers arrive

    Last night, the Orthopedics team from Atlanta arrived at 7 PM, following a bone-jarring, 5-hour truck ride from Cap Haitin, the only airport which is open to civilian airplanes.

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  • Day 8 of the Earthquake Emergency

    We were awakened at 6:30 this morning by what seemed to be another aftershock. It was a nice way to meet the neighbors, as we all bolted out the doors together.

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  • Reinforcements from medical volunteers

    A new day starts, and in addition to patients arriving from PauP, not to be forgotten are our usual patients from the district, arriving with motorbike accidents, suspected malaria and such.

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  • The flow of urgent cases continues

    The flow of urgent cases from Port au Prince continues as before except that they are more serious cases.

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  • January 17, 2010

    Overnight, several patients have died, of a combination of their injuries and sepsis; we have run out of antibiotics.

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  • January 16, 2010

    The earthquake struck Haiti almost four full days ago.

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  • January 15, 2010

    During the night, additional patients have arrived - some have been carried in on doors, and as we don't have any more beds, they stay on the door to keep them off the floor.

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  • January 14, 2010

    UPDATE: 6:48 PMThroughout the day more vehicles arrive, more people seeking care.

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  • January 13, 2010

    Ian Rawson, HAS Managing Director on the ground in Deschapelles, provided this snapshot of conditions:

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  • Jan 12 - Earthquake in Haiti

    Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti Is Making a Difference

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News From Haiti

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HAS Events

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  • CFHASH Brad Berquist

    Canadian Friends of HAS raised funds at Hamilton Marathon Road2Hope in Canada

    Canadian Friends of Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti (CFHAS) dedicated a weekend to raising funds for HAS by participating in the ...

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  • Rotary KW members 2014

    HAS Visits Longtime Partner Rotary Club of Key West

    HAS CEO Louis Martin and HAS Development staffer Katherine Matson spoke to the Rotary Club of Key West on March 20, with Louis joining from his office in Haiti
via Skype. They covered the hospital’s progress over the past year and priorities for the future, including highlights of the recently adopted five-year strategic plan.

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  • Project C.U.R.E. visit to HAS

    HAS recently hosted a weeklong small-group visit organized by Project C.U.R.E. as part of its PhilanthroTravel program, which offers unique opportunities for supporters of Project C.U.R.E to connect first-hand with the organization’s work around the world.  Project C.U.R.E.

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  • HAS Thanks AmeriCares for Helping to Fight Cholera

    HAS is still in the midst of an unsteady fight against cholera. A water-borne bacterium is never predictable, and cholera spreads particularly rapidly. In this unsure moment, HAS is doing everything it can to remain prepared in case the number of patients in need of urgent cholera care increases yet again.

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  • HAS Thanks Direct Relief for Timely, Crucial Help

    We at HAS sincerely appreciate the partnerships that help make our work possible; in fact, not a day goes by without our somehow collaborating with others and with the community we serve.  We deliver life-saving care and help the people of the Artibonite improve their health and quality of life with the help of many.  

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  • Thank You AmeriCares and AstraZeneca

    At HAS, it always takes a team to get the work done. And sometimes that team extends beyond our medical staff and our supporting departments to include other organizations that are able to partner with us to achieve something we could never have accomplished on our own. These partnerships are vital to our success and to the health outcomes for our patients.

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  • A double visit: Global Links and Global Giving

    Last Friday, HAS was honored to host Marisol Wandiga, the Program Officer for the Caribbean Region from Global Links, and Jenn Eason, the In-the-Field Representative for Haiti from Global Giving.

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  • Ryan's Wells and HAS

    We at Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti (HAS) are fortunate to collaborate with so many talented and dedicated organizations and individuals who share our goal of bettering the lives of the people in the Artibonite Valley of Haiti. One such individual is Ryan Hreljac.

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  • HAS recognized at Hanger 150th Anniversary

    The Hanger Corporation and the Ivan R. Sabel Hanger Foundation celebrated Hanger’s century and half of service to amputees and individuals with disabilities at its annual education meeting in February. The capstone of the meeting was the gala dinner, at which the achievements of individuals and teams were recognized, and partners were honored.

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  • Celebrating Two Decades of Partnership

    Today in Switzerland and in Haiti, twenty years of friendship and support for the people of Haiti are being celebrated.  Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti (HAS) very gratefully recognizes the 20th anniversary of our partnership with Verein Partnerschaft Kinderspitaeler Biel (VPKB) on December 14, 2011.

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  • Ti Fa's Farm

    Over the many years of HAS’ service in Haiti, we have enjoyed fruitful relationships with many academic institutions including Stanford, Harvard, Tulane, Carnegie-Mellon, and Yale

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  • Philip Craig Arts Program Haiti

    Grapes for Humanity Global Foundation, in collaboration with Friends of Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti, established the Philip Craig Arts Program (PCAP)

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  • Haiti Water for Life Celebrates Drilling 200 Wells!

    Over 15 years ago Canadian Rotarian Roy Sheldrick and his wife, Norma visited Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti.  The trip became a life changing experience for Roy who wrote of this experienc

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