Our Network of Care
The HAS Network of Community-Based Prevention, Care and Treatment
We help improve public health in Haiti by being in the communities we serve. Far more than a hospital, the HAS network reaches hundreds of thousands of people in a 610-square-mile area, proactively working with communities to prevent illness and premature death. Check out the diagram below to learn more about our community-based model of prevention, care and treatment.
The 131-bed Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti is the only 24/7 full-service hospital serving a population roughly the size of Oakland, California — more than 350,000 people. Our hospital is the only facility within a 610-square-mile area that provides care for women with high-risk pregnancies, for children with serious illness and malnutrition, for people who need trauma care and surgery, and for those with infectious and non-communicable diseases. The most complicated cases seen in regional clinics and other medical facilities are referred to us routinely.
Prosthetic and Orthotics Clinic
HAS also provides complete rehabilitation services, including physiotherapy, in both the hospital and community health clinics, making us one of the only health facilities in Haiti to treat patients with traumatic injuries from surgery to full recovery. Thanks to years of experience and an exceptionally capable staff, we have been able to respond to emergency situations and mass casualties. Without HAS, seriously injured patients would simply have no other place to go.
Community Health Centers
Many illnesses are easily identified and easy to treat with basic medications. By operating four Community Health Centers specializing in primary care, two in valley areas, and two in mountainous areas, HAS aims to accomplish two goals: Improve public health by bringing healthcare closer to the population, and reduce the need for expensive hospital care. Staff refer patients who need more advanced care to the hospital for diagnostics and treatment. Care at HAS Community Health includes malnutrition screening and care, pre- and post-natal care, reproductive health services, minor surgery, and dispensing of basic medications.
Six HAS Nutrition Centers treat children with severe acute malnutrition referred by the hospital or by staff of HAS Health Posts and Mobile Clinics. Four Nutrition Centers are co-located with HAS Community Health Centers (two urban, two rural), and two are in the remote mountains.
Some 70 HAS Mobile Clinics staffed with HAS licensed practical nurses rotate through 30 different locations every month to provide primary care, including minor wound repairs and reproductive health services.
Monthly Health Posts
Every month, 42 HAS community health workers conduct some 300 Health Posts throughout the HAS service area, providing immunizations, malnutrition screening, and distributing health products such as vitamin A, multivitamins, zinc, oral rehydration salts, and deworming medication. Health Post staff are also a primary source of public health information for the community, providing education on topics concerning nutrition, health, family planning, and hygiene.