Join EqualHealth for our sixth annual social medicine course, "Beyond the Biological Basis of Disease: The Social and Economic Causation of Illness". This three-week immersion course is open to graduate-level health profession students, and taught in French. Learn more and apply here.
In its first-ever "Eyes on Haiti" forum, MA Senator Linda Forry hosted a panel on the cholera epidemic this October at the Massachusetts State House. Read more about this landmark event here: http://www.dotnews.com/2016/dorcena-forry-hosts-first-eyes-haiti-conversation-focus-cholera-storm-
Two students from the University of Rwanda were recently featured on the University's website for their participation in EqualHealth's 2016 Social Medicine Course, "Beyond the Biological Basis of Disease". Hear from them about their cross-cultural experience examining social justice and health!
Students in the Social Medicine Course of the Boston-based non-profit EqualHealth have launched a powerful video, #Knowbeforeyougo, confronting the complicated relationship between Haiti and the many volunteers who flock to the small island country of 10 million each year, from the perspective of young Haitians. Each year, students in EqualHealth's Social Medicine course develop a culminating project – this year’s video project, Know Before You Go, confronts complex issues of volunteerism and the role of international partners in Haiti. The video includes 12 students; Dr. Fernet Leandre, Executive Director of Zanmi LaSante/Partners In Health Haiti; and Human Rights Lawyer Mario Joseph and was produced by all students in the course.
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We are excited to announce that applications for EqualHealth's second annual Medical Education Fellowship are now open. The Fellowship is open to practicing physicians in Haiti who have completed a non-surgical residency, and who are currently working at a Haitian teaching hospital. The Fellowship will begin in October 2016, and will last for a period of one year.
For more information or with questions, please contact Casey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To view the application and for more information, click here.
Applications are due by July 11, 2016
EqualHealth is proud to announce the arrival of the inaugural cohort of Fellows participating in the Marshall Wolf Medical Education Fellowship. The Fellows, both outstanding physicians and educators, will spend the next three months in Boston, participating in a rich curriculum designed to support their growth as teachers and leaders. They will then work with EqualHealth in partnership with their home institutions in Haiti for the following nine months to develop a research or quality improvement project. We are honored to work with such talented and motivated clinical educators, and invite you to meet our Fellows below!
Dr. Patrick Edward Charles graduated as a general pediatrician from the State University of Haiti. Dr. Charles completed his residency at the General Hospital (HUEH) in Port Au Prince. In Dr. Charles’ third year of residency, his outstanding professional demeanor was recognized, and he was appointed as assistant chief- resident. As a senior resident Patrick Edward participated in a three month observation at The Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York. Following residency Dr. Charles took a position at Bernard Mevs Hospital. Due to his outstanding leadership skills and a determined sense of initiative, Dr. Charles was quickly promoted to Director of the hospital’s pediatric service. Dr. Charles currently plays a vital role in the training of pediatric residents in the St. Damien’s Bernard Mevs combined residency program that began two years ago. Dr. Charles is also a member of Haitian Society of Pediatrics.
Dr. Gueilledana Paul graduated from the family medicine program of Saint Nicholas Hospital in Saint Marc (HSN). From the start of her career, Dr. Paul has shown a fierce commitment to medical education. During her residency, Dr. Paul developed and implemented a quality improvement project to improve HIV screening amongst women amongst the labor and delivery ward. Following Dr. Paul’s residency graduation in December 2014, she sought a position in which she could improve the quality of care delivered through medical education. During her training in family medicine, Dr. Paul received the Academic Excellence Award. Additionally, Dr. Paul earned awards from both Zanmi Lasante and the Ministry of Health of Haiti. Dr. Paul is currently working in pursuit of enhancing medical education and training residents and generalists in the Emergency Department of Hospital Saint Nicholas. Dr. Paul is the director of family practice and social service residents.
EqualHealth is excited to invite the community to join us for Inspire, Empower, Support. Medical Education in Haiti: An evening of giving.
Featuring live music, great food and drinks, and the opportunity to meet the leadership of EqualHealth and hear the latest updates about our work, we hope that this event will serve to help connect the passionate group of medical professionals and supporters that have come together around the mission of EqualHealth.
The event will take place on Saturday, October 3 from 3-8 PM. Tickets are free and available on eventbrite. We hope to see you there!
EqualHealth is thrilled to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 Marshall Wolf Medical Education Fellowship Program! This Fellowship will span from October 2015-October 2016, providing two Fellows with a year of intensive mentorship, learning opportunities, leadership training, and clinical teaching. The Fellows will spend the first three months of their appointment in Boston, learning from medical education leaders at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Business School, and other prestigious institutions. The Fellows will then spend the following 9 months at their home institution, implementing a medical education project and continuing their professional development with a dedicated team of mentors in Haiti and the US.
Applications are open to any early-career Haiti-based physician who has completed a residency program and is currently employed at a teaching hospital in Haiti (a hospital with residents OR social service residents). Learn more and apply here!
We are excited to report two publications from the EqualHealth team and our partners this month in the journal The Annals of Global Health, one summarizing an intensive survey performed of Haitian physicians regarding their access to educational materials (Nadas et al), the other using Haiti as the example in a discussion of what continuing professional development would ideally look like for low-resource settings (Hudspeth et al).
The articles are freely available at these URLs, and we hope that others find them useful in thinking and discussing nursing and medical education in low-resource settings! We also thank our partners (and coauthors on these papers) Dr Claude Surena of the Haitian Medical Association and Dr Graham McMahon of Brigham and Women's Hospital for their work with our members.
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On June 3, Propublica released a report on the American Red Cross’s Haiti relief efforts, attracting widespread attention, concern, and criticism. Titled “How the Red Cross Raised Half a Billion Dollars for Haiti and Built Six Houses,” the report contains serious allegations of fund mismanagement, lack of transparency, and, ultimately, a complete failure to deliver on promises of long-term housing solutions for those displaced by the earthquake. This piece joins a growing body of investigative journalism – with other notable entries including a recent VICE episode/article and Jonathan Katz’s fine book The Big Truck That Went By – that raises profound, troubling questions about the way that the international aid system operates, both in Haiti and globally.
Regrettably, Haiti has all too often served as a ready example of the ways that the international aid system has failed those it is intended to serve. Long nicknamed “The Republic of NGOs,” Haiti attracted substantial international relief effort and aid money well before the earthquake, and received an unprecedented $16 billion in pledged aid after the earthquake. In the aftermath of the earthquake, the international community pledged lasting and meaningful change in Haiti, with words like sustainability and partnership entering the buzz-vernacular.
Yet, today, the country and its people do face many of the same profound infrastructure-level problems that plagued it before January 2010, as these reports make clear. The recent claims concerning the Red Cross’s shortcomings – excessive overhead costs; hiring preferences towards non-Haitian staff; unfamiliarity with Haitian culture and languages; inexperience with local context and the land deed system – are problems that have surfaced for many well-intentioned organizations in Haiti. It’s indisputable that, for all of the international community’s good intentions, many post-earthquake efforts have been characterized by a lack of commitment to genuine collaboration with and support of local partners.
All of this being the case, it’s reasonable to wonder how one can be sure that one’s well-intentioned donation to an international aid or development organization will have the intended impact. Indeed, in light of these failures to “fix” Haiti, it may be tempting to withdraw from the issue and to withhold support altogether. However, this is not the answer.
Despite the geopolitical and human factors that have limited progress in Haiti, we must not forget some of the significant success stories that NGOs have been a part of. The construction of the Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais (HUM) after the earthquake has provided vitally important care to patients in the Central Plateau and around the country. Beyond setting a new high standard for teaching hospitals in Haiti, HUM embodies an admirable example of cooperation between nonprofits and the Haitian government.
Supporting the development of truly Haitian-devised, Haitian-led solutions is vital to breaking the cycle of dependency on aid and misdirection of funds that have all too often been the legacy of aid efforts there. It is imperative that NGOs adopt an inclusive, transparent, and pragmatic approach to advancing their efforts and supporting the Haitian people. We believe that smaller nonprofits, which are often free from some of the bureaucratic and financial entanglements that come with large budgets, are often in the best position to tap into local resources and truly listen – and genuinely partner with – those they wish to serve.
At EqualHealth, we focus on investing in Haiti’s human potential. Since 2010, we have been providing the medical resources, training opportunities, and support that Haitian health professionals – those most aptly positioned to impact Haiti in a durable manner – need to take the best possible care of their patients. We work with minimal overhead, and invest in our programs shrewdly. We are proud of the fact that, when the value of donated volunteer services and in-kind donations is taken into account, 94% of our expenses are directly invested into our programs. We employ only one international staff member, and rely on a large network of capable volunteers and a dynamic Haitian team to provide the necessary manpower. Notably, we are inherently partner-driven: each of our programs is designed at the request of, and in collaboration with, the Haitian institutions that will implement them.
Our flagship Teach the Teacher program, based at the aforementioned HUM, is a prime example of this. Developed in response to our colleagues’ consistent requests for additional clinical-educator training, this year-long curriculum has – within its first year – been officially adopted by HUM and endorsed by the Haitian Academic Directorate. These are key steps toward ensuring that this critical training remains a part of the curriculum for medical and nursing leaders in Haiti, and our objective is to gradually transfer the program’s reins to the hands of our Haitian medical colleagues.
Meaningful development in Haiti is achievable – indeed, we see it happening every day. But collaboration with our Haitian colleagues is absolutely essential to this, and that is why we are dedicated to supporting their efforts to build a stronger and healthier medical infrastructure in Haiti
We believe that, in the end, the role of foreign aid should not be to save or fix Haiti, but rather to provide Haitians with equal access to resources, resilient structures, and opportunities so that they can lead the push to build a stronger, healthier Haiti – is there anything foreign about that?
We invite you to explore our work and our finances to learn more.