HYPERTENSION SCREEN & TREAT
Severe and unrecognized hypertension contributes to high levels of stroke, heart failure and premature death. Through our new hypertension initiative, we are training local nurses and other health care providers in a simple, easy-to-follow protocol and providing a supply of prepackaged, safe and inexpensive medications. Our pilot program is being supervised by a Haitian nurse practitioner: Heal – Teach – Support in action! And the compliance rate in the new program is inspiring: 95% of the patients enrolled in October remain in the program, come to their regular appointments and are on the correct medications, with positive results. Our second site in the village of Robillard, also a community with high acuity, launched this May; the next site is scheduled to open in early 2018.
CERVICAL CANCER SEE & TREAT
More women die from cervical cancer in Haiti than from any other type of cancer, with an estimated 1,500 preventable deaths each year, the highest reported incidence of cervical cancer of any country in the world, 50 times higher than the rate in the United States. That is because, until now, pap smears or other screening programs, taken for granted in the developed world, has been unavailable to most Haitian women. With our new program, we have screened more than 1000 women to date, finding and treating lesions and preventing premature and unnecessary deaths in nearly one-third of them, and we expect to screen nearly 3000 more women this year as we expand the program and plan a mobile clinic. As part of our education program, we are also training doctors and residents-in-training in LEEP, the protocol to treat suspicious lesions as soon as they are found. Haitian doctors saving Haitian lives.