Supporting Haitian medical professionals to be the most effective providers possible
Many CME materials focus on the health problems of high-resource countries and propose treatment plans involving diagnostic and therapeutic modalities often unavailable in resource-limited settings like Haiti.
In response, EqualHealth is developing a set of computer-based, interactive modules that teach best practices for a range of common conditions as suggested by Haitian providers in both inpatient and outpatient settings. These materials are evidence-based, appropriate for the resources available in most Haitian care delivery settings and relevant to diseases and presentations seen in Haiti. These materials will be developed in French.
Current modules on Harvard Medical School’s CME site
Limited Resource Setting Management of Outpatient Diabetes
Neonatal Nutrition in Resource-Limited Settings
Prenatal Care in Low-Income Countries: Prevention and Screening for Maternal Anemia and Malaria
Stroke Management in Low-Resource Settings
Resource Limited Treatment of Congestive Heart Failure
EqualHealth periodically offers travel grants to Haitian physicians to participate in high-yield medical conferences abroad. EqualHealth also foster presentation development and other academic opportunities for Haitian colleagues. To date, EqualHealth has supported partner physicians’ attendance at conferences in Boston, Massachusetts, New Haven, Connecticut, Minneapolis, Minnesota and Chicago, Illinois.
TRAVEL SUPPORT FOR HAITIAN PHYSICIANS
EqualHealth is working to develop American Heart Association-certified Basic Life Support training courses for partner institutions in Haiti. The first of these courses were held in May 2012 at St. Boniface Hospital.
BASIC LIFE SUPPORT TRAINING
EqualHealth hasbeen involved in an effort to develop the nursing curriculum. To date EqualHealth has completed eight nursing protocols for St. Boniface Hospital and is working with St. Boniface staff on revisions. The revised protocols are also being shared with other Haitian hospitals while additional protocols are developed.
Based on the successes of the nursing protocol development, EqualHealth is currently initiating a similar education partnership with nursing staff at Hôpital Albert Schweitzer.