Leading the Change
In many ways, HAS has led the way in establishing best practices for smart healthcare in a challenged setting. We have made significant strides in improving public health in the Artibonite Valley over the past 60 years. We aim to ensure the sustainability of HAS for generations, and to help the people we serve live longer, more productive lives.
For more than half a century, HAS has seen results:
|HAS 610 Sq. Mi
|Polio, measles and tetanus||Eliminated||Varies by disease
|Under-5 vitamin A supplementation||87%||44%|
|At least 1 prenatal visit with a skilled provider||100%||90%|
|Postnatal visits within 3 days of birth||84%||32%|
|Women receiving iron supplements during pregnancy||98%||76%|
|Immediate initiation of breastfeeding||88%||46%|
*Sources: HAS. UNICEF, 2012. The Demographic and Health Survey of Haiti, 2012.
Educating the next generation of Haitian healthcare professionals
HAS not only has a direct impact on the patients who step through its doors, but also on the quality of healthcare provided by hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout Haiti.
HAS provides training programs for several types of healthcare professionals. Each year, six or seven of the national Social Service medical residents spend 10 months training at the HAS hospital and in HAS community health centers. They rotate through each medical specialty service and gain skills that will follow them to permanent positions they attain once completing the residency program.
An official physical therapy technician training program began in 2007 at HAS, at a time when there were not many such programs in existence in the country. The majority of the trainees have moved to other locations around Haiti, filling a great need.
Our prosthetics and orthotics lab has also trained several technicians, who are now working with St. Vincent’s Hospital in Port-au-Prince, training technicians there to provide care for the population in their area.
Additionally, HAS is viewed in Haiti as a resource for other hospitals and for helping to develop national protocols. Medical staff from HAS often work at nearby facilities, providing specialty care in centers that are typically only able to provide the most basic general care.
HAS also regularly engages in dialogue with Haiti’s governmental health department, MSPP, coordinating patient referrals between MSPP facilities and HAS. For example, HAS has helped with the early stages of planning for a prosthetics lab at a nearby hospital.
An Early Innovator in Community Collaboration
Outside of the hospital, the community health services division of HAS has wide-reaching impact. This community-based work was revolutionary for its time.
One of the initial sites of the ‘Ti Foyers’ program, which eventually became a nation-wide program, was at HAS. This program utilized mothers as resources for training others in their community about preventing malnutrition.
HAS continues to be at the forefront of public health, recently serving as the initial test site for Biosand water filters, which are a simple household solution to providing clean water. Once tested by HAS water and well technicians and the local communities, the Biosand filter was adapted by several other groups throughout Haiti and is now widely recognized as an effective technology for providing clean water.