"The first 1,000 days of life - the time spanning roughly between conception and one’s second birthday - is a unique period of opportunity when the foundations of optimum health, growth, and neurodevelopment across the lifespan are established."

UNICEF's Office of Research

Our vision is simple but ambitious: to become the leading center for maternal and child health in the Lower Artibonite Valley.

With round-the-clock surgical capabilities, high-risk obstetrics, and a dedicated neonatal ward, HAS is well-equipped to care for our region’s most vulnerable patients. HAS also provides comprehensive primary health care and community services for children, mothers, and families, from infancy to adolescence through pregnancy, birth, and post-partum.

Cervical Cancer Screening at HAS

Cervical cancer is the most common cancer among Haitian women, and the second most common cause of cancer death. The rate of cervical cancer in Haiti is up to 50 times higher than it is in the United States and four times higher than in the neighboring Dominican Republic. However, when pre-cancerous cell changes are identified early, cervical cancer is easily preventable.

In 2018, HAS introduced its first systematic cervical cancer screening program. Partnering with Rotary International, community organizations, and medical volunteers, HAS obstetricians and other clinical staff were trained in a see-and-treat method of screening, which allows the physician to immediately remove any abnormal cells. See-and-treat removes the need for follow-up visits, which is often difficult for our patients. The team has screened over 1,000 women to date, and a number have received treatment for abnormal cells.

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